City and Developers Complete Union Corners Agreement

Medical clinic, library branch and housing part of new development

Union Corners has been vacant for quite some time but the City sees its redevelopment as one of the crown jewels of resurrecting the Capitol East corridor. The red bricks (at right) from the French Battery Company plant will be incorporated into the new development.

Union Corners has been vacant for quite some time but the City sees its redevelopment as one of the crown jewels of resurrecting the Capitol East corridor. The red bricks (at right) from the French Battery Company plant will be incorporated into the new development.

The City of Madison and Gorman & Company of Oregon, Wisconsin have signed a Letter Of Intent to proceed with developing Union Corners. District Six Alder Marsha Rummel announced the successful negotiations with Gorman to purchase the City-owned property in an email to constituents. When completed the development will include a health clinic, Madison Library branch and 50-100 housing units.

Rummel, whose district includes the Union Corners property, will introduce a resolution approving the Union Corners Selection Committee’s recommendation of Gorman & Company as the developer and authorizing the City to execute a purchase agreement for the property in the sum of $1.  Continue reading

Marsha Rummel Wins Fourth Term

Challenger Scott Thornton says rogue mailer sunk his bid

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Alder Marsha Rummel won a fourth term representing Madison’s Sixth Aldermanic District.

What was termed as a competitive race by area media turned into a strong victory by a yawning margin for incumbent Marsha Rummel over challenger Scott Thornton in Madison’s Sixth Aldermanic District.

Tuesday’s vote total showed Rummel winning by 1500 votes in the hyper-aware Near East Side which was roiled by the appearance of a shadowy political mailer days before the election from a union-backed outside democratic group that normally meddles in state level issues.

“What a good night. Thank you!” Rummel posted on her personal Facebook page soon after several people reported on Twitter that she had declared victory.

Marsh Rummel and Scott Thronton, both neighborhood leaders, were not known to be rivals before the election and had worked together often in the past. The two candidate’s similarities on the issues left Thornton needing to find any angle to sow doubt about Rummel in the eyes of district residents. He attacked her communication, her votes on City Council, and her supposed lack of spine when it came to taking positions on issues.  Continue reading

Rummel and Thornton Find Little Daylight

Personalities may drive choice between highly qualified candidates

District 6 Alder Marsha Rummel (right) and Challenger Scott Thornton (left) following a candidate forum March 25, 2013

District 6 Alder Marsha Rummel (right) and Challenger Scott Thornton (left) following a candidate forum March 25, 2013

Madison District 6 incumbent Marsha Rummel and her challenger Scott Thornton talked neighborhood and citywide issues Monday night (March 25) at the final candidate forum before next Tuesday’s general election. Nearly 100 people crowded into a basement room of St. Bernard Catholic Church to hear the opponents argue more over style than substance.

It was as though we were back in the spring of 2008 and Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were giving their most earnest reasons why they should be elected. The stellar resumes of both Alder candidates has cracked the door on the less perfect and poor electoral measure that may make the difference: Personality.

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District 6 Candidate Q & A: Marsha Rummel

Three-term incumbent wants to continue forwarding progressive agenda

Madison 6th District Alder Marsha A. Rummel is running for a fourth term on the Madison Common Council.

Madison 6th District Alder Marsha A. Rummel seeks a fourth term on the Madison Common Council.

Marsha A. Rummel has been Alder of Madison’s Sixth District since 2007, and in that time she has seen lots of change.

Before being elected she had been active in the Marquette Neighborhood Association (MNA), serving for a time as President, and was interested in such issues as urban planning and affordable housing.

With a week to go before the election Willy Street Blog talked with Marsha Rummel about city planning, economic development, homelessness, her challenger Scott Thornton, and why she was briefly banned from a restaurant earlier this month.

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District 6 Candidate Q & A: Scott Thornton

Challenger says Ald. Rummel has failed to lead and communicate with residents

Scott Thornton. Courtesy Scott Thornton for District 6

Scott Thornton. Courtesy Scott Thornton for District 6

Scott B. Thornton, 49, has lived in District 6 since 2000 and Madison since the late 1980s. One of his first jobs in Madison was working for the United Neighborhood Centers of Dane County which had its offices in the Atwood Neighborhood Center and he has been tied to the near East Side neighborhoods ever since.

However Scott has made his strongest impacts as President of the Marquette Neighborhood Association (MNA) for the past four years, nearly quadrupling the membership during his tenure. He also secured tax exempt status and aggressively developed a public art program in conjunction with the Madison Arts Commission that has flowered in public and private spaces around the Marquette neighborhood.

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Rummel and Thornton to Participate in Alder Forum

Current District 6 Alder Marsha Rummel will be challenged by former MNA Board President Scott Thornton in elections in April.

Current District 6 Alder Marsha Rummel will be challenged by former MNA Board President Scott Thornton in elections in April.

Madison Common Council District 6 Alder Marsha Rummel and her challenger, former Marquette Neighborhood Association President Scott Thronton, will participate in a candidate forum next month.

The question and answer session will be held at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 2450 Atwood Avenue, beginning at 6:30 p.m on March 25, 2013 with a reception to follow. The forum is sponsored by the Marquette, Starkweather Atwood Schenk Yahara, and Worthington Park Neighborhood Associations.  Continue reading

City Proposes Improvements to Capital City Trail

Intersections ordered closed by State Railroad Office not addressed in plan

The City of Madison is eyeing improvements to the Capital City Trail bike path and is seeking feedback from residents. District 6 Alder Marsha Rummel along with traffic committees from MNA and SASYNA neighborhood associations requested the draft report.

The plan examines each intersection that crosses a street in District 6 (from Blair to Waubesa Street), recommending improvements at 13 intersections including raised pavement, added sineage, bump outs, and the yet-to-be-approved diagonal crossing at the Atwood//Dunning intersection. Continue reading

Gallery: Snowmageddon 2012

Snowmageddon 2012

Images of the Wil-Mar and SASY neighborhoods during and after Snowmageddon 2012, December 19-21, 2012.

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All is calm at the intersection of Ingersoll and Jenifer Streets Thursday December 20, 2012 after the snow had completed its 24 hour assault on the Madison area.
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Residents in the 900 block of Jenifer took advantage of the wet snow during the storm and built this Snow Family. A day later on December 21, 2012 the stand strong in the brilliant winter sun.
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The heavy wet snows bowed many branches and numerous tree arches adorned Marquette Neighborhood sidewalks.
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B. B. Clarke Beach, a warm weather spot, still looks inviting on the day of the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2012.
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B. B. Clarke Beach, a warm weather spot, still looks inviting on the day of the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2012.
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The unique roof of the B. B. Clarke Beach shelter collects a perfect layer of snow.
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A day after Snomageddon 2012, the neighborhood was a veritable Ice Forest, dazzling in the sun of the Winter Solstice.
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Irony...Caribbean style.
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All things are equal in the Marquette Neighborhood, even the genders of snow people.
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This house endured a serious lashing but endured.
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It did not take long for sledders on the Olbrich sledding hill to transform the 13.4 inches of fresh snow into a well groomed run.
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A solitary soul looks toward the sunset in a moment of quiet reflection only minutes before sunset on Winter Solstice, December 21, 2012.
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Ice candles are laid out in preparation for the Winter Solstice Celebration put every year by the Friends of Starkweather Creek.
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A view up the hill in the 1000 block of Jenifer Street, Thursday December 20, 2012.
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The Solstice Bonfire pyre is ready to herald the renewal of the season.
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4:26 p.m. December 21, 2012. Official sunset on the shortest day of 2012.
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Marquette neighborhood in the hours after Snowmageddon 2012.
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Snow people stand sentry in the 900 block of Willy Street.
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Willy Street in the hours after Snowmageddon 2012.
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Willy Street in the hours after Snowmageddon 2012.
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Willy Street in the hours after Snowmageddon 2012.
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Willy Street in the hours after Snowmageddon 2012.
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Wet snow all day on December 20, 2012 fell mostly straight down until the evening when the wind picked-up and the temperature dropped.
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The traffic lights at Ingersoll and Willy soldier on in the face of a snowy gale.
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Patterson and Jenifer Streets on December 21, 2012. Even the side streets were relatively passable only 12 hours after the snows had stopped.
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Dreaming of Big Blue. Canoes at the ready for summertime, but a bevy of wintertime activities await once the surface is frozen.
 

Images of the Wil-Mar and SASY neighborhoods during and after Snowmageddon 2012, December 19-21, 2012.

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Winter Solstice Celebration

The 10th anniversary of the Starkweather Solstice Bonfire is at dusk (4:30 pm) on Friday, Dec 21 at the Olbrich Park ball diamond.

This is the 21st event (twice a year).  Volunteers are welcome.  No weather postponement date. Contact John Steines is you are available to help with traffic, set up, or as a fire guard.

Winter Solstice 2009

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Willy Kids Listserv Hopes to Connect Neighborhood Families

Neighborhood resident Melody Niwot has begun an online email listserv called Willy Kids to help connect families with young children in the neighborhood.  The email group is intended to serve families with young children in the Wil-Mar and Atwood Neighborhoods, facilitating community and allowing families to share resources and information. Continue reading