To longtime Madison residents, the city seems to be experiencing an apartment building boom like never before, yet a recent report from city planners says more than 1,000 new units will be needed each year to keep up with current demand.
Is that true, and if so, how should Madison go about meeting that need? The Cap Times will bring together a first-rate panel of experts from multiple points of view to talk about those questions on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Ave. Cap Times news editor Jason Joyce will moderate the panel. Its members will be:
• Natalie Erdman, director of the city’s Department of Planning, Community and Economic Development
• Otto Gebhardt, founder of Gebhardt Development, whose projects include The Constellation and Galaxie apartments
• Andra Ghent, associate professor in the Department of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics at UW-Madison’s School of Business
• Carmen Goséy, legislative affairs chair for Associated Students of Madison
• Brenda Konkel, executive director of the Tenant Resource Center and a former City Council member
• Marsha Rummel, alder for Madison’s 6th District, located on the isthmus
The event is free and will start with a meet-and-greet at 6:30 p.m. The discussion itself will start at 7, ending after an hour or so.
This will be the seventh installment in our Cap Times Talks discussion series, which usually take place at the High Noon. As an added bonus, we'll be giving away Cap Times T-shirts and hoodies to people who sign up to be on our event email list.
We hope to see you on Jan. 26. If you plan to go, please RSVP on our Facebook event page.
Editor's note: This story was updated on Jan. 6 and again on Jan. 19 to reflect changes in moderators.