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Former City of Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz

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No Way, No How

July 21, 2010 10:08 AM

Last week's Isthmus contains a short article once again raising the specter of the razing of the buildings on the triangular shaped downtown block between the Overture Center and the Capitol. It's not a new concern since it has been known for some time that a mysterious investor or group of investors has been buying up property at much better than market prices.

I've made it clear before, but let me emphasize it again. That block isn't going anywhere. There would be no support from me (in fact, there'd be spirited and probably successful opposition) to tearing down those buildings. They form an important part of the historic fabric of one of the most important corners in the city where State Street and the Capitol Square meet. If anyone really does have the idea of leveling that block (and I have no direct knowledge of it) they should understand that they're wasting their time and their money.



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