Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway says buses will "likely" move off the bottom half of State Street.
That's great news.
But two large bus stations planned for the top half of State Street don't belong on the city's signature shopping and entertainment corridor, either.
Instead, the city should pursue a true pedestrian mall, with faster, longer and more convenient buses crossing State Street, rather than rumbling down it and taking up lots of space that could better be used as a public park with winding paths, trees, cafes, public art, music and kiosks.
On this week's "Center Stage" political podcast -- click the play button above to listen -- Milfred and Hands play and comment on audio clips from last week's city meeting on the future of buses on State Street. While the mayor continues to insist that buses must rumble down the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of State Street -- with two new conspicuous $300,000 stations there -- local business owners and much of the public want to turn State Street into a grand promenade instead.
Our political podcasters update listeners on where things are at, and they play an audio recording from a recent State Journal editorial board meeting of the mayor saying State Street businesses are "desperate." The mayor's office falsely claimed the State Journal editorial board had taken her out of context in a recent editorial. You can listen for yourself to what she said.
“Center Stage, with Milfred and Hands” features Scott Milfred, the newspaper’s editorial page editor, and Phil Hands, the State Journal's political cartoonist. They offer their perspectives from the sensible center of Wisconsin politics.
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