–submitted by Ellsworth Brown
Ruben Anthony, Alex Gee, and Karen Menendez Coller presented a well-coordinated report on Madison’s dynamic South Madison Renaissance in a series of five-minute presentations and sequenced responses to queries by Past President Teresa Holmes.
The South Park Street development, totaling $150 million dollars and with construction well underway, will change the face of South Park Street, a key freeway entrance to Madison, a central street through the community and bring dramatic affirmation to the area’s residents and businesses.
Karen emphasized especially Centro Hispano’s greatly expanded new quarters at Cypress and Hughes Place, its affirmative effect on a fast-growing population and a heightened level of community collaboration.
Alex noted that the initiatives complement combined leadership, a sentiment mentioned by all three panelists and an emphasis on a reaffirmed Black culture of great depth as an offset to increasing area gentrification.
Rubin spoke about the Black Business Hub now being erected, combining new offices for established organizations with parallel training facilities for the workforce and for new initiatives.
As one panelist said, “Madison deserves this.” A standing ovation by a roomful of Rotarians signaled agreement!
If you missed our meeting this week, you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js2dmPxNHEk.