Madison Media Digest

If you only read one local news story this week, it should be this piece about MMSD’s community engagement. 

Economics and Development

The city’s Economic Development committee is approving their economic development plan. Virtual reality goggles give wearers a view of what the completed 800 Block Project will look like; the plan commission recently approved its design for construction. South Park St. is under pressure to redevelop after decades of neglect. After nearly two years, the city has set a financing deadline for the development of the Garver Feed Mill.


Housing First projects in Madison give homeless individuals the stability that they need. Hundreds of local women attended the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. “Real-life library” events will give people a chance to hear others’ stories directly. A Madison couple uses their skills and creativity to emphasize social justice and change. Federal funding probably won’t be at stake if Madison declares itself a sanctuary city; Mayor Soglin staunchly refuses to use the local police to enforce federal immigration laws. There is a plethora of volunteer opportunities in Madison, and these folks encourage others to help out when they can. Trump’s election and inauguration have led to unprecedented levels of activism


There’s plenty of cheap winter entertainment in Madison. The future of the Isthmus Montessori Academy is still undecided; issues of cost and staffing remain unresolved. The State Capitol building turns 100 this year. West High School’s principal will retire after 37 years with the district. Open enrollment applications begin Feb. 6 for parents who wish to send their kids to schools outside their own district. Members have been chosen for the committee which will help the district decide how to use police officers in Madison’s high schools. The Police and Fire Commission will soon begin deliberations in a case that asks for Chief Koval to be suspended.