Local government can get jargon-y, confusing and sometimes outright weird. That's where Madsplainers comes in.
Three reporters — Erik Lorenzsonn, Abby Becker, and Lisa Speckhard Pasque — are teaming up on a new Cap Times podcast to break down the processes, people and ideas that make cities tick. They'll be answering questions like, what is a TIF District? How does a regional transit authority work? What precisely is into a city budget, and what does it take for one of those things to get passed in the first place?
And of course, the looming question tackled on this first episode: Will the city try to stop you if you decide to keep chickens in your yard?
On this pilot episode, the team takes on the topic of zoning: How it works, why cities do it, the reasons it often raises hackles, and why Madison zoning is, in fact, quite friendly to beekeepers and chicken-raisers alike.
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