This year will certainly be an eventful year for the annual Mifflin Street Block Party. Question is: will it be eventful for its success or its failure? The City of Madison officials and police department have cancelled support for the event. Of course there will be significant presence on Mifflin Street this Saturday, both party goers and police alike. Exactly how much enforcement is necessary remains to be seen, but the police department is ready for confrontation. Add to the mix: the newly formed Revelry Festival. The music festival takes advantage of the spacious environment around Union South and will offer music food and of course beer throughout the day. $5 UW Madison student ticket is required for entry, other ticket options available. It will be interesting to see which venue ultimately wins over the thirst quenching party going crowd: Mifflin tradition vs Revelry control? Both will be entertaining but which will be here in 10 years?
It's been two years since Madison experienced a snow storm with 12-16 inches as predicted. That's two years I have been meeting people new to Madison who say "the winter here really isn't that bad, I was expecting worse"...well WORSE is here. Be sure to follow snow emergency parking rules, details HERE
Despite several significant multifamily housing projects offering additional apartments to Madison renters, the vacancy rate continues to decline and is approaching the 2% level. Madison Gas and Electric publishes statistics derived from their internal data of gas/electric meters that are either turned off or changed into the owners name. current survey HERE
The Isthmus (specifically zip code 53703) with over 11,000 rental units, has a 1.5% vacancy rate for the 3rd quarter 2012. Record low interest rates have done little to attract renters into the home ownership market, many fearful of another drop in values, tight lending practices, and waiting for the economy to rebound. In the next few weeks, many units will enter the market for August 2013 occupancy. The strong demand in recent years has increased the volume of early apartment shoppers. November has become one of the busiest months for management companies since renters no longer hold out for discounts, but act quickly when apartments are placed on the market to avoid decreasing supply.
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Yes, it's that exciting (sarcasm) day when thousands of downtown residents move out of their apartments, stay the night on a friends porch or in a moving van, then on Aug. 15th move into their new place. If you have any moving pics, send them to :firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post them up.
HERE is a link to a PDF copy of the required landlord provided City of Madison voter registration hand out. A recent city ordinance requires property owners to give out this form in print to new residents. It is suggested that landlords collect a signature from new residents stating they have received the voter registrations materials.
Madison Gas and Electric (MG&E) will have tens of thousands of service orders for August with the large majority for August 14th and 15th. Now is the best time to contact MG&E for setting up your account to ensure you will have electric and gas service when you move in. 608-252-7222 or LINK
Yes, it's Maxwell Street Days! Friday through Sunday State Street will be transformed into an outdoor marketplace. Shop til you drop. There will be dozens food stands, clothing shops and gift stores showcasing their merchandise, often at discounted prices. Hours: Friday 7/20, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday 7/21, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Sunday, 7/22: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Last night, the city council passed legislation that requires landlords in the city limits to give out voter registration materials to new residents. It is still unclear when the new law will take effect, and what the penalty's will be for landlords who choose not to follow the ordinance. Landlords will obtain the voter registration materials from the city clerk and should distribute in resident move in folders.