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City of Madison Listening Session

Street Use Events

Thursday, May 3; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Madison College - Downtown Room D240

The City of Madison is fortunate to have an abundance of festivals, runs, concerts, marches, and other outdoor activities planned on the isthmus each year.  However, that also brings challenges for City staff, budgets, Metro bus riders, neighbors, and visitors.  The City of Madison is engaged in an analysis of special events in the downtown area and your feedback is requested.

Metro Riders Are Encouraged to Attend!

City staff will give an overview of concerns about events reaching a “maximum capacity” and facilitate a discussion to learn your concerns and ideas for the future of events downtown. This includes any event that closes down a City street in the downtown area. 

This is part of a Racial Equity and Social Justice Analyses of the permitting process for special events on City streets.

Metro riders are an important voice in this process and we want to hear from you. Our discussion will consider issues such as the number, location, size, and length (time and number of days) of events, particularly those on the isthmus, and the impact this has on residents, businesses and city services, staff, and resources. We look forward to your insights.



Interested persons are encouraged to attend to learn and provide feedback, however written questions and comments can be sent to:

Please remember to also take our Metro Special Events Online Survey.

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