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State Street

Madison

WI

USA

Contributed by 
Judith Steinkamp
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
April 11, 2003
December 14, 2017

A vital main street that is the meeting place and social center of Madison.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

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.

Access & Linkages

It is accessible for all modes of transit: heavy pedestrian and bike use, trolley, bus and auto traffic. Very pedestrian friendly.

Comfort & Image

Since this is a streetscape, the seating is limited. The area feels safe, but has the sense of a student atmosphere.

Uses & Activities

This street always has a lot of pedestrian traffic. It is closed down for street fairs and other events.

Sociability

This street is the meeting place and social center of the campus, including all ages and ethnic groups.

How Light?

How Quick?

How Cheap?

History & Background

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.

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