That’s a phrase I’ve heard in some variation about 10 times now.
Is this really true?
The conversations go something like this.
1) Drive or walk by construction cranes in downtown Madison.
2) One person says, “What is all this building for?”
3) Other person replies, “It’s for all those Epic people.”
Then person #2 might attempt to describe Epic employees as young or having money or hip or wanting to party and be “where the action is” so they have to have apartments in downtown Madison and commute to Verona.
It seems like we’re trying to shrug our shoulders about it but we’re also uneasy with how much we don’t know about these developments, the pace of development, the changing character of our city, and so on.
If you want to look up a building site or just be shocked by how much is happening at once, try visiting Cap Times’ “The Changing Face of Madison“. It shows construction projects on a map and also lists other info there like type of building, cost to build, completion date, etc.
I’m curious to know more about who the developers are and how much taxpayer money was involved in setting all of this up.
Given the proposed subsidy of $60 million dollars on the Doyle Square project, I’m half expecting we’re subsidizing all the downtown development too.