City meetings continue to be mostly virtual with details listed in City Meetings of Interest below. Common Council meetings are hybrid so the public can attend in person or via Zoom. Stay in touch with your neighbors through either Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc.  or Campus Area Neighborhood Assoc .
***There are ___ sections to this week's update:

  1. Reminder of May 31 4:30p UDC meeting on JD McCormick’s State St Proposal
  2. Downtown Updates
  3. City Updates

Reminder of May 31 4:30p UDC meeting on JD McCormick’s State St Proposal:

JD McCormick’s 428-444 State St development proposal is coming back to the Urban Design Commission May 31st. If anyone has opinions about the development, please don’t hesitate to share them with me

Downtown Updates

West Campus District Plan  Open Houses

The West Campus District Plan is taking shape PDF . There will be two open houses to discuss the current concepts:

  • June 20, 11am at the Health Sciences Learning Center Atrium
  • June 21, 4pm at the Bakke Recreation and Wellbeing Center (which also affords the public the opportunity to see this amazing new building!)


Metro Transit Network Redesign

The Metro Transit Network Redesign will go into effect Sunday, June 11. It has been 20 years since the last redesign. All routes, schedules, and bus numbers will change. Navigate the changes using these resources:

Wednesday May 31 Pinney Library 3-6pThursday June 1 Central Library 1-2pMonday June 5 Central Library 11-2pTuesday June 6 Bus and Brownies on the Bike Path 3-6p (at cul de sac of E Wilson and S Ingersoll)Thursday June 8 MyArts 1055 E Mifflin 4-7pSaturday June 10 Waterfront Festival 10a-5pAccording to the Metro redesign FAQs  “After new redesigned service has been operating for a few weeks in June, staff will review rider and driver feedback to see if any minor tweaks need to be made in August. Service adjustments will most likely be made again in December based on continued feedback.”  You can share feedback at


Downtown Water Main Flushing this Week: see Ald. Verveer’s blog for explanation

Cars on State, Saturday, June 3, 2023:

One of Madison's finest downtown summer traditions, the 14th Annual Classic Car Show will be held Saturday, June 3rd. This free show spans six blocks of State Street in Downtown Madison. This family-friendly event offers a perfect day for everyone to come downtown, take a stroll around the Farmers Market on the Square and see a wonderful array of vintage cars. You can talk to the owners, grab a bite to eat, and shop at locally owned downtown businesses. Car enthusiasts can explore the history and unique characteristics of classic cars and trucks

City Updates

John Nolen Drive Watershed Study, Tuesday, May 30, 2023:

A public information meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m., May 30, 2023, via Zoom. Registration prior is required: May 30, 2023 Public Information Meeting Registration.  The City of Madison is completing a watershed study in the John Nolen Drive watershed (as shown below). The City of Madison contracted with an engineering consulting firm to complete this study.


REMINDER WisDOT Interstate Alternative Meeting | June 1, 2023 | 6-7:30pm

This meeting is being held to discuss potential changes to the Interstate and interchanges in the Madison area. These alternatives are part of WisDOT’s larger I-39/90/94 corridor study that stretches from Madison to Wisconsin Dells. At the meeting information about the proposed project will be provided as well as opportunities to provide feedback to determine the future of safety infrastructure along the Interstate, which could include, interchange proposals that may affect traffic patterns, commute choices, and development in the area east of Stoughton Road.

The meeting will be held at the Steamfitters Local 601 Training Facility (6310 Town Center Drive)

You can view study information and the proposed alternatives, submit comments, and sign-up for email updates on WisDOT’s project website  If you have questions or are unable to attend but would like to learn about the study, please contact I-39/90/94 Study Project Manager Frank Pritzlaff (; (608) 246-3803) or questions for the City of Madison can be directed to Ben Zellers (; (608) 266-4866) with the City’s Planning Division.In addition to the topic of WisDOT’s I-39/90/94 corridor study, WisDOT will also be hosting two upcoming public involvement meetings for the Madison Beltline Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) Study  . If you are subscribed to the City’s Road Construction email list, you will receive an invitation soon. The PEL Study entails a three part process and is being used to focus on improving safety and mobility for all modes of ​​travel while reducing congestion and limiting impacts to a responsible level of social, cultural, and environmental effects. Please note, the PEL is a long-term planning study and no construction projects are identified at this time. I will blog more about these meeting and include info for those interested in attending/participating, next week. There are a lot of studies going on and we don’t want to cause confusion! 

City Updates


From Public Health

From Parks



  • City of Madison Seeks Short Poems for 2023 Bus Lines Program: The Madison Poet Laureate is seeking short poems from Madison residents to be considered for the annual Bus Lines poetry project.
  • New Artist-in-Residence at Central Library: MADISON, WI -- The Bubbler at Madison Public Library is welcoming a new Artist-in-Residence at Central Library.
  • Mayor’s Purchase Award of Reflected Memories by Christopher Sweet exhibited at new Parks Lakeside Offices: City of Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway selected Reflected Memories by Christopher Sweet, for the 2023 Mayor’s Purchase Award.
  • Dane County Farmers' Market - Wednesday Market, Wednesday, May 31, 2023: The Wednesday Dane County Farmers’ Market is located on the 200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, in between the Madison Municipal Building and the City County Building. While more intimate than the Saturday Market, you will still find many of your favorite Dane County Farmers’ Market members, as well as a full array of fruits and vegetables, eggs, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, bakery items, cut flowers, plants, and many specialty items.
  • The Capitol View Farmers’ Market, Wednesday, May 31, 2023: The Capitol View Farmers Market is returning to the North Star Neighborhood! Join us each Wednesday (May 31-October 11, 2023) from 3:00-7:00pm to support local farmers and vendors, enjoy live music and food carts, and make the most of summer in Madison!
  • Concerts on the Rooftop: The LoveMonkeys, Thursday, June 1, 2023: This crazy group of guys plays instruments, jumps around on stage, and has a curious fondness for animals of the primate variety. The LoveMonkeys blend rock, pop and reggae into one of the most fun and original performances in the Midwest.
  • Wellness Talks: Is There Gain from Pain?, Friday, June 2, 2023: Caught in a vicious cycle of stress? Feeling physically tired yet mentally wired? Join bodywork therapist Miranda Merkes LMT and naturopathic doctor Ruddy ND for joint discussion in dispelling myths often in the way of true recovery and long-term wellness. They’ll provide a holistic map on how to help guide your daily bodymind practice in regaining its deeper connection and uncovering your full healing potential.
  • Live at The Glen-Vince Sweeney, Friday, June 2, 2023: Live at The Glen featuring Vince Sweeney! Enjoy the relaxing music of acoustic guitarist and singer Vince Sweeney, a native Madisonian whose expansive song list spans decades. From Neil Young to The Beatles, from the Eagles to Dylan, Springsteen, Petty and many more, Sweeney strings together great cover songs that add up to an enjoyable evening of free live music on the patio at The Glen Golf Park.
  • Take Kids Fishing, Saturday, June 3, 2023: Register today for our annual Take Kids Fishing event! Every kid gets a free fishing pole, T-shirt, and we will be serving a picnic lunch!
  • Kids Fishing Day, Saturday, June 3, 2023: Every year the Yahara Fishing Club sponsors this event, which is on the same weekend that an adult fishing license is not required.   It has been at the Warner Park Lagoon from 9:00 am to noon.  A lot of fish are usually caught, including a couple good-sized large mouth bass and a lot of decent blue gills.
  • WIARNG, Saturday, June 3, 2023: Meet fellow Wisconsinites serving our community in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. See and touch equipment like helicopters, trucks and special equipment.
  • Pride Ride, Saturday, June 3, 2023: "Let’s ride for Pride": Trek and Forward Madison FC are teaming up once again to celebrate Pride Month and Bike Week with the 2023 Pride Ride! Meet us at Breese Stevens Field where we’ll head out on a 9-mile no-drop group ride to Olin Park and back. Stick around after the ride to enjoy some block party vibes at the field before Forward Madison takes on the Central Valley Fuego later that evening.