May 25: Reshaping The Future of South Madison

–submitted by Janet Piraino

On May 25th, Madison’s Director of Planning and Community and Economic Development Matt Wachter talked about the great redevelopment plans for Madison’s South Side. South Siders told the City they wanted new gathering places, affordable child care, better parks, improved bike and pedestrian infrastructure, increased transit service and better connectivity across Park Street.  Most importantly, they wanted to avoid gentrification of, and displacement from, their neighborhoods.  The City is focusing on The Village on Park, the Thorstad property and the Perry/Ann Street corridor. Common elements of the plans include transforming giant parking lots into buildings/programs that foster affordable housing, create job opportunities, support small business and improve amenities.

If you missed our meeting this week, you can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1n8Hl72np0&t=1317s.

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