A vital main street that is the meeting place and social center of Madison.
This street is a connector between the University of Wisconsin campus and the Madison Capitol. It is vital and vibrant with traffic controls that make it pedestrian friendly. Madison discourages cars on campus. The FarmerÍs Market surrounds the Capitol at the end of the street.
It is accessible for all modes of transit: heavy pedestrian and bike use, trolley, bus and auto traffic. Very pedestrian friendly.
Since this is a streetscape, the seating is limited. The area feels safe, but has the sense of a student atmosphere.
This street always has a lot of pedestrian traffic. It is closed down for street fairs and other events.
This street is the meeting place and social center of the campus, including all ages and ethnic groups.
I went to graduate school at UW in the late 70's and have been back only several times, but continue to use this as an example of a wonderful "college" town main street that connects to the larger community and invites the community in. The shops and restaurants transition from student-oriented to more community-oriented as one approaches the Capitol.
*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.
Across many cultures and times – since the beginning of civilization, in fact – the street has held vast social, commercial, and political significance as a powerful symbol of the public realm.
Transit is a component, but by no means the extent, of your experience at a station that is a place. Memorable and enjoyable stations and stops that create value for neighborhoods are perfectly attainable. In fact, a transit station or stop can serve much more than a transportation function; it can be a setting for community interaction, a place that fosters a diversity of activities.