Madison mayor proposes new city motto: “77 Square Miles Surrounded by Reality”

What do you think?
Should Madison have a state motto that pokes fun at itself? Honestly, I am not thrilled with what Soglin proposes. It’s the kind of thing you say after a couple beers but maybe not what you want on the official city letterhead.

Thirty-five years after former Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus declared “Madison is 30 square miles surrounded by reality,” Mayor Paul Soglin is proposing a more geographically correct version of the jibe to be — as Webster’s dictionary defines it — the formal expression of the city’s goals or ideals.

Soglin, who was mayor when then-candidate Dreyfus offered the poke in 1978, at the time quickly advised a governor’s aide that Dreyfus had it wrong, not because the premise was inaccurate but because the city had grown to 65 square miles.

On Tuesday, Soglin will offer a resolution to the City Council establishing Madison’s motto as “77 Square Miles Surrounded by Reality,” with a provision to change the size as the city continues to grow.

Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/mayor-proposes-city-motto-square-miles-surrounded-by-reality/article_b47d7157-1f82-50bd-a18f-babcc4271b9f.html#ixzz2YqY9o6kY

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3 thoughts on “Madison mayor proposes new city motto: “77 Square Miles Surrounded by Reality”

  1. Soglin sure ain’t the same guy who spoke to my high school sophomore class in 1970 about idealism and fighting for what’s right (sigh).

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