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Norman Davis took over as the city's director of the Department of Civil Rights July 28. He replaced Lucia Nuñez, the department's first director.

For the fourth year, Cap Times reporters have asked several Madisonians to share "bright ideas" they have for the coming year. We will publish the 2017 edition of Bright Ideas throughout the next week.

We'll need to collaborate on how we find these solutions, but there are major issues that affect our marginalized communities, issues like transportation. I don’t know if I can offer a solution necessarily but for a period of time when I worked as the Affirmative Action manager, I also worked part time for the YWCA in their job ride program. I had the chance to see first hand just how impactful having that ride was to individuals that wouldn’t have transportation to work.

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Is this another opportunity for our community-based organizations and our contractors to work together to provide these kinds of solutions? Transportation in Madison is one of those huge issues I’ve seen for decades. The infrastructure is designed for individuals who have their own individual transportation. I'll drive to work, and I’ll park and I’ll take the bus in downtown. But not everybody has that option, and if you take the bus, depending on where you live and where you work, it’s not a straight shot.

Thinking about those kinds of unilateral solutions and ideas that are there to help all of us, I’d like us to focus on those things — not just what’s happening in my department or what’s happening in my neighborhood, but what's really going to help all of us. When you’re looking at getting different results we have to look at different options.

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