Trouble downtown

I’ve written a lot on Madison development over the years. Those stories informed the skeptical take I offer on the library expansion and the Edgewater Hotel subsidy in this guest column for Isthmus. It begins:

I’ll say this for him: Mayor Dave Cieslewicz took the 11th-hour collapse of the Fiore Co.’s library plan in stride. Without missing a beat, he announced that the city will move quickly to Plan B — renovating the existing library at its Mifflin Street site.

But as unflappable as the mayor is, he can’t really hide the disarray at City Hall. Too many big and potentially signature deals have collapsed at the city’s feet during his stewardship…

Read more here.

For an earlier, equally skeptical view of the Edgewater proposal, read this Isthmus column from last September.

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