Saturday, May 13, 2017

This stretch of East Washington Avenue in Madison, Wisconsin, has undergone a major transformation during the past 5 years


And it's not over.





Related posts:
UPDATE. The Towering Isthmus: Two views of the Lyric Apartments from a sunny East Mifflin vantage point.  (4/6/2017)
Madison East Washington Festival Foods is open for business.  (4/13/2016)
The balconies of the Constellation.  (4/19/2015)
The Constellation rises above the treetops.  (9/7/2014)

Greetings from La Jolla, California, where the Children's Pool is a treasured, though controversial, landmark


From Retiring Guy's postcard collection
Description on message side
CHILDREN'S POOL, LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA
The Breakwater forming the Pool, was con-
structed and donated to the city by Miss Ellen
Scripps.  It is one of the most popular spots
for the small fry of the community.

But not all is sweetness and light.  There's this court case...

Children’s Pool disabled access suit headed to trial.  (San Diego Union-Tribune, 10/14/2015.)
The Sept. 30 ruling came in response to city attempts to end the litigation without a trial. The city had argued that adding a disabled ramp would destroy the historic integrity of Children’s Pool, a breakwater built in 1931 with a large wall designed to provide easier access to ocean swimming for young people.  

And the fact that harbor seals use the beach for a 'birthing room'. 

Ellen Browning Scripps biography

Other greetings:
Los Angeles.  (5/11/2017)
Laguna Beach, California.  (5/10/2017)
California.  (5/9/2017)
Los Angeles.  (5/9/2017)
California.  (5/8/2017)
Pomona College, Claremont, California.  (5/7/2017)
La Jolla, California.  (5/6/2017)
Hope, Arkansas.  (5/4/2017)
Bakersfield, California.  (5/3/2017)
Little Rock, Arkansas.  (5/1/2017)
California.  (4/28/2017)
Little Rock, Arkansas.  (4/19/2017)
Superstition Mountain, Arizona.  (4/15/2017)
Tucson, Arizona.  (4/12/2017)
Phoenix, Arizona.  (4/8/2017)
Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah.  (4/8/2017)
Dothan, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
Mobile, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
Anniston, Alabama.  (3/29/2017)

Expensive lodgings planned for old brick building on East Washington in Madison



Photos by Retiring Guy


Boutique hotel proposed for long-vacant Mautz Paint building on East Washington.  (Madison.com, 5/4/20017)

Building/site timeline.
  • 1928.  Mautz Paints moves factory operations into building, located at 901 East Washington.
  • 2001.  Mautz bought by Sherman-Williams.
  • 2002.  Factory closes.
  • 2005.  Proposed Brink development, Archipelago Village, goes nowhere.  Included 27-story building with retail, office space, condominiums, a grocery store and parking.
  • 2011.  Hovde proposal for 200,000 square feet of commercial space and parking also goes nowhere.
  • 2011.  Ale Asylum decides not to locate is operations here.
  • 2014.  Scaled-down Brink proposal includes space for StartingBlock, an entrepreneurial start-up center, which is now under construction in the 800 block of East Washington.
  • 2014.  Brink takes another stab at it. 

Related posts:
UPDATE. The Towering Isthmus: AC Hotel Madison is open for business.  (5/5/2017)
HotelRED Update: It's a gray day for developer after Madison Plan Commission sez no more tiers.  (3/28/2017)
The Towering Isthmus: 'Boutique' just means you can't afford to stay there.  (10/15/2016)

UPDATE: The healthiest county in each Southern state: Oconee County, Georgia


Healthiest County in Every State.  (24/7 Wall Street, 5/9/2017)

Definitely a pattern of disparities developing in this series of posts.  Bordering the consolidated Athens-Clarke County, the 80th fastest-growing county in the U.S., Oconee County's population increased 354% since 1970, compared to a 81.4% decrease in Gadsden County, Georgia's least healthy, since its 1920 peak. Oconee's nonwhite population is 15.7% compared to 66.5% in Taliaferro.


Other numbers
% of population living in poverty
  • Oconee County | 6.8%
  • Taliferro County | 33.5%
  • Georgia | 17.0%
  • U.S.  13.5%
    % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree
    • Oconee County | 44.9%
    • Taliaferro County | 9.9%
    • Georgia | 28.8%
    • U.S. | 29.8%
    Median household income:
    • Oconee County | $72,182
    • Taliaferro County | $26,306
    • Georgia | $49,620
    • U.S. | $53,889


     Source:  Wikipedia


    Other posts in series.
    Shelby County, Alabama.  (5/10/2017)
    Benton County, Arkasnsas.  (5/11/2017)
    St. Johns County, Florida.  (5/12/2017)


    Original 3/31/2017 post starts here.

    The least healthy counties in every state.  (24/7 Wall Street, 3/15/201\7)

    Taliaferro County, Georgia.   Dipped below its initial 1830 census population during the 1940s.


    Source:  Wikipedia




    Other numbers
    % of population living in poverty
    • Taliferro County | 33.5%
    • Georgia | 17.0%
    • U.S.  13.5%
      % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree
      • Taliaferro County | 9.9%
      • Georgia | 28.8%
      • U.S. | 29.8%
      Median household income:
      • Taliaferro County | $26,306
      • Georgia | $49,620
      • U.S. | $53,889

      Taliaferro is part of a large swath of Black Belt counties in Georgia.

      Source:  ResearchGate

      Taliaferro Library (Bartram Trail Regional Library System)

      Other counties in series:
      Wilcox County, Alabama.  (3/30/2017)
      Phillips County, Arkansas.  (3/30/2017)
      Gadsden County, Florida.  (3/31/2017)


      Friday, May 12, 2017

      Madison, Wisconsin. The changing streetscape of East Mifflin Street


      A view of the 600 block of East Mifflin, the housing stock at least a century old.
      .
      All photos and video by Retiring Guy

      The 700 block of East Mifflin.  I had no idea these apartments, a T. Wall Enterprises project, were under construction, even though the site is just a block from East Washington.  The Constellation, outside the frame to the right, effectively hides this new development.


      After walking across the stret, I took this photo from across the street, which includes the tops of the Constellation (700 block), Galaxie (800 block), and Lyric (1000 block) apartment buildings on East Washington.





      A view of the T. Wall construction from the intersection of East Dayton and North Livingston.


      A view across Reynolds Park of East Mifflin Street apartment construction the Galaxie block.


      A similar, less obscured view from near the intersection of East Dayton and North Paterson.


      An alley between the Galazie and new construction.


      Traffic signals to be installed at Allen Boulevard and Maywood Avenue in Middleton



      Video by Retiring Guy

      The large building on the corner is Heritage Senior Living.

      Source:  City of Middleton

      There's been some pushback on Nextdoor.



      UPDATE: Windows and doors installed at Cardinal Row Apartments, Middleton



      Photo by Retiring Guy


      1-bedroom floor plan 

      3-D view


      4/13/2017 update, "The setting sun illuminates the Cardinal Row Apartments " starts here.


      Photos by Retiring Guy




      3/24/2017 update, "Portrait and landscape views", starts here.


      Photos by Retiring Guy



      2/12/2017 update, "Framing underway", starts here.

      A trio of views from Parmenter and Lee streets





      1/14/2017 update, "Foundation work underway", starts here.

      Photo by Retiring Guy


      11/25/2016 update, "There's now a hole in the ground", starts here.



      11/6/2016 update, " OK, so maybe 'coming soon' was a bit too optimistic", starts here.

      Demolition takes place and excavation begins during a unseasonably warm November.


      Photos by Retiring Guy




      Original 3/15/2016 post, "Coming soon to this location in Middleton, Wisconsin:  Cardinal Row Apartments", starts here.

      At Lee Street between Parmenter and Clark.

      Right across the street from the home of one of Middleton's best fish frys.

      All photos by Retiring Guy

      Where the yellow arrow is placed on the map.


      Preliminary elevations


      A view from the Lee Street side.

      Parmenter Circle apartments at left.  Parmenter Circle II at center beyond quonset huts,


      Cardinal Row will include 16 units -- 4 with 3 bedrooms and 12 with 1 or 2 bedrooms.  Two of them will be affordable housing units.  The building will accommodate 25 underground parking stalls.

      A view from Parmenter Street looking toward Lee Street and points north.  (Parmenter and Parmenter II at left.)


      Baseball/softball training facility at Firefighters' Park in Middleton



      Photos by Retiring Guy


      Source:  City of Middleton

      Related link:
      Middleton Baseball Commission

      Drunk and on the road again in Wyocena


      Photo credit:  Portage Daily Register

      Reported in Wyocena man faces 15 years prison after arrest for alleged 13th OWI.  (Madison.com, 5/11/2017)

      Related article:
      Man gets 30 days for kicking child.  (Portage Daily Register, 6/3/2011)
      This guy's a professional menace.  A woman told police that Dolgner was intoxicated when he threatened her and a 6-year-old child, saying he was "going to bury them all," according to a criminal complaint.

      UPDATE: The healthiest county in each Southern state: St. Johns County, Florida


      Healthiest County in Every State.  (24/7 Wall Street, 5/9/2017)

      Located in the Jacksonville metro area, St. Johns is the 2nd fastest growing county in Florida and 15th-fastest in the U.S.  Its population having increased 638% since 1970, compared to a 17% increase in Gadsden County, Florida's least healthy, during the same period.  St. Johns' nonwhite population is 16.4% compared to 66.5% for Wilcox.


      Other numbers
      % of population living in poverty
      • St. Johns County | 9.8%
      • Gadsden County | 24.5%
      • Florida | 15.7%
      • U.S.  13.5%
        % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree
        • St. Johns County | 42.1%
        • Gadsden County | 17.0%
        • Florida | 27.3%
        • U.S. | 29.8%
        Median household income:


        • St. Johns County | $66,194
        • Gadsden County | $35,567
        • Florida| $47,507
        • U.S. | $53,889

        Source:  Wikipedia


        Other posts in series.
        Shelby County, Alabama.  (5/10/2017)
        Benton County, Arkasnsas.  (5/11/2017)


        Original 3/31/2017 post, "The least healthy county in each Southern state:  Gadsden County, Florida", starts here.

        The least healthy counties in every state.  (24/7 Wall Street, 3/15/201\7)

        Gadsden County, Florida.  


        Source:  Wikipedia




        Other numbers
        % of population living in poverty
        • Gadsden County | 24.5%
        • Florida | 15.7%
        • U.S.  13.5%
          % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree
          • Gadsden County | 17.0%
          • Florida | 27.3%
          • U.S. | 29.8%
          Median household income:
          • Gadsden County | $35,567
          • Florida| $47,507
          • U.S. | $53,889

          Other counties in series:
          Wilcox County, Alabama.  (3/30/2017)
          Phillips County, Arkansas.  (3/30/2017)