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What Would You Improve in Madison in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Madison, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Madison to make it an even better place to live?

What is on your Madison wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about why you love living here!

MadLaxDad December 27, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Dan, The MRC is rarely ever not in use and is currently generating a pretty healthy revenue through rentals to various soccer, field hockey and lacrosse clubs already.
J December 28, 2012 at 01:09 AM
A dollar store? If one ever opens here, our property values will immediately decline by 20%. Why not open a check cashing place and a few strip clubs while you're at it? I'm joking, of course, but seriously, the presence of a dollar store is the sign of a dying community.
Madison Station December 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I like the idea of downtown parking garages. I think they would work especially well as partial underground lots, where the first level is 7 foot below grade and the second level is 5 foot above grade, to reduce the effect of a parking deck look. Resident, business owner and commuter parking could be on the lower level, and shopping parking could be on the upper level. The lower level would be accessible through an automated gate. Whatever they do, the shopping parking needs to remain free. NO METERS! The capital cost replenishment for the decks could come from the lower level fees. Just imagine what 1,000 parking spaces for commuters from out of town would bring Madison businesses...
Slip December 28, 2012 at 03:28 PM
yeah, I wouldn't mind any of those stores. Especially the Starbucks or the like. It still seems crazy to me that we have all these resturants in town then you have to get in your car and drive for coffee/dessert. TJ's may be too close to Florham Park but still that would seem to fit in well with the WholeFoods. Beyond that, maybe even attract a few of the mid-range brand stores (Gap?, Godiva? GNC?... not sure why but all 'G's came to mind)... something similar to Union Hill shops. I don't know if any of that is likely to happen or if it's the right course (other than the after dinner coffee shop which is a necessity). But for now at least I think we need to focus some resources on addressing the health of the downtown shopping area.
ProudAmerican January 01, 2013 at 11:54 PM
I thought this post was about improving Madison. Madison Station's idea of parking garages is the worst idea of the year. A parking garage would be an eyesore. My guess is that Madison Station was involved in building the police/fire house.

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