We take our neighborhoods for granted, as if they've always been there. But someone set out to form each one, drawing a line around a coherent space — typically defined by natural or man-made boundaries — and recruiting their neighbors to join in common pursuits.
The Wisconsin State Journal is profiling 20 Madison neighborhoods — one a day — over three weeks. To learn more about Madison's neighborhoods or to get involved in your own neighborhood, visit go.madison.com/neighborhoods.
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Sometimes it can seem like the only thing Madison's more than 125 neighborhoods have in common is how different they are from each other.
In the next three weeks, the Wisconsin State Journal will be profiling 20 of these neighborhoods. To kick off the project, the newspaper invited leaders in each of Madison’s neighborhoods to tell us a little (emphasis on little since space is at a premium here) about what makes their corner of Madison so special.
Break down the demographic profiles of Madison's many neighborhoods.
The thing that gets everyone's attention, as they approach the Midvale Heights neighborhood from the south along Midvale Boulevard, is the bison.
Perhaps more than any other area of Madison, the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood is going through a metamorphosis.
The Worthington Park neighborhood has struggled with crime and poverty, but residents say conditions have improved and there are reasons for hope.
There's something singular about the place and the salt-of-the-earth people who live there, Sherman neighborhood resident Lynette Jandl said, that's kept her tied to the area for so long.
Six years ago, Tiffani Roltgen started a Turkey Trot run on Thanksgiving Day in her Elvehjem neighborhood on Madison’s Far East Side.
The Greenbush neighborhood has gone through a lot in its history, which is still important in the community.
What the drive-through crowd is missing is multitudinous, not only in house colors but in types of homes, coziness of streets that frame enclaves of carefully-tended hobbit-houses, even the patience of drivers on those streets.
When Tsela Barr and her husband were in the market for a Madison home where they could raise their two sons, all it took was a drive through t…
It’s been 60 years since Evelyn Otterback moved to her home on Dawes Street, and she will tell anyone that she doesn’t plan to leave until the…
The neighborhood remains one of Madison's most remote, among only a handful north of Warner Park. But Lerdahl Park's mixture of woods, wildlife and agriculture offers residents a unique take on city living.
Nakoma has grown into one of Madison's most affluent neighborhoods in 100 years.
The Spring Harbor Neighborhood hugs the southwestern shore of Lake Mendota — not just geographically, but culturally, too.
Jam-packed with locally owned shops and restaurants, it's "a bike-friendly, walk-friendly place," says SASY spokesman Brad Hinkfuss.
But three fatal police shootings since 2012, a bike path rape and costly gentrification are challenging its gentle Bohemian vibe.
Concerts, parades, swim meets and garage sales coupled with single-family homes, apartments, duplexes, one of the city’s main shopping centers…
The neighborhood straddling Madison's East and Southeast sides is mostly devoid of sidewalks and curbs.
"People have learned to focus their attention on where they want to go instead of where they've been," said Alice Howard, neighborhood association co-president.
For John Koch, it was the price tag that lured him to the northeast corner of the Isthmus: a pretty home with a large backyard for less than $80,000.
Dinners for families, lunches for seniors and cooking classes for young people found homes in kitchen of rare library-center pairing.