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Development ruins State Street charm -- Margaret Marriott

Development ruins State Street charm -- Margaret Marriott

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While everyone is waxing ecstatic over the prospect of a pedestrian mall on State Street in Madison, nobody seems to be looking at the fate of West Johnson Street in the blocks near Downtown, where increasing numbers of multi-story buildings are turning the streetscape into a solid wall. When both sides of Johnson Street fall to the wrecking ball, the street will become a canyon, blotting out the sun.

The latest high-rise project affects both Johnson and State streets. The change will be a boost to the tax rolls. But has it occurred to anyone that impacting State Street with high-rise apartments and expensive shops makes the proposed State Street promenade a complete non-starter, killing the goose that laid the golden egg?

Nobody ever flocked to enjoy the amenities of a neutered street lined with zombie architecture.

Margaret Marriott, Madison

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