Madison Common Council Elections: Closer than we think

Posted October 2nd, 2014 @ 11:26 AM by

It’s October, and we really should be focused only on November, but let’s take just a few minutes to think about the Madison Common Council elections next spring. The December 1st start of the filing period isn’t that far away, and the people who are serious about running are certainly thinking about it right now, but mostly staying quiet until after November. Here’s a quick rundown on where current Council members might shake out.

A Municipal Co-Op Internet Utility for Madison?

Posted September 27th, 2014 @ 10:19 PM by

The first round of Capital Budget Amendments are out, and included is a proposal from Scott Resnick to start a Madison Co-op Internet Utility, and a proposal from Paul Soglin for expanding Internet connectivity at “community and cultural” centers The budget amendments don’t get a lot of space to really explain the background information and details, so I thought I’d round up a few documents and put things in one place.

Eight ideas for a snowy day

Posted January 26th, 2014 @ 8:06 PM by

Apropos of nothing, here are a couple of ideas that could make life better for the less well-off in Madison. It is by no means exhaustive, nor is it meant to be a list that solves all problems. Not everyone is going to like all of them, so it’s worth reminding folks that Brenda is not the only person who blogs here, so don’t go blaming her for these.

How should the Yahara River Parkway between Lakes Mendota and Monona evolve?

Posted September 29th, 2013 @ 9:43 PM by

On Wednesday, September 25th 2013 the City hosted a “Yahara River Corridor Public Meeting”. It wasn’t a very helpful agenda, so I pulled together some background information for myself. Here’s some of that info, and a bit of the flavor of the meeting.

“Tourist Rooming Houses” – Regulating AirBnB and the like in Madison

Posted September 25th, 2013 @ 4:52 PM by

Madison is thinking about trying to regulate AirBnB-type rentals. It probably should, but it’d be helpful for them to step back and think about what we’re trying to accomplish. The proposal right now is terrible, but this may be one of the easiest examples ever of where just a little bit of common sense can amend it into something reasonable. There’s a public meeting to discuss this all on Thursday, September 26th at 7:00pm.

Forward Lookout needs a new logo

Posted July 6th, 2013 @ 10:57 PM by

It’s time to freshen up the look around here. Can you help us with put together a new logo?

TIF Subcommittee of the Economic Development Committee – Oct 2nd 2012

Posted October 10th, 2012 @ 12:10 PM by

The Mayor came to the EDC a few weeks back and asked them to talk about TIF policy. The EDC created a subcommittee, which met for the first time on October 2nd. Behind the jump are my notes, and the audio of the meeting. The subcommittee meets again today at 3:30pm in LL130 of the Madison Municipal Building.

For extra confusion, this is not the TIF subcommittee that CCOC discussed on October 2nd. No one I’ve asked can tell me what that committee is going to do that the EDC committee isn’t.

Decoding the changes to the Downtown Plan

Posted June 25th, 2012 @ 2:49 PM by

Wondering just what’s changed in the Downtown plan since November? Thankfully, we have very helpful City Staff who’ve made it easier to figure it out.

Some feedback to Metro on future farecards

Posted June 25th, 2012 @ 2:17 PM by

The RFP for updated farecard systems in Madison is moving forward. Here are some suggestions on how to write the RFP so that we can unleash the full talent of our community and the world in making it better.

Turning our tech dreams into reality: how do we know what to buy?

Posted January 11th, 2012 @ 11:49 AM by

The city is buying some technology upgrades for Madison Metro. We can come up with cool things it should do all day long, but if we don’t think about how to write the RFP, it won’t matter. What can we learn from other cities?

The next AppleTV, and the future of newspapers

Posted November 1st, 2011 @ 11:51 PM by

It’s long, but I can draw a path for how an unannounced AppleTV is part of the future for newspapers.