Saturday, June 24, 2017

OK, folks, here's what we call an honest poll, true through and through


The initial email blast.  It's "official", of course. (Highlights added.)


I clicked on "no".  Then I returned to the email and clicked on 'yes'.  Led me to the same screen.  Oh, my surprise.


Submitted as Herkimer Jerkimer.



"Gimme Your Money Please" appears on Bachman Turner Overdrive's self-titled debut album.  It debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart for the week ending August 18, 1973, and spent 70 weeks on the chart, speaking at #68.


The sounds of flatulence



Quoted in Trump admin. still struggling to staff up.  (Axios, 6/18/2017)

Wherein we also learn.....


Related reading:
Donald Trump is the worst boss in Washington.  (The New York Times, 6/9/2017)

Netflix has a new idea



Reported in Netflix Lets Viewers Pick the Plots.  (The New York Times, 6/20/2017)

Related reading:
A tribute to … Choose Your Own Adventure books.  (SFGate, 4/27/2009)

Open House at Middleton Center


Office building front and center, apartment in background at right.

All photos by Retiring Guy

Hallway of 4th-floor T. Wall offices


Reception area of T. Wall offices


The view from the 4th floor looking east, Middleton Public Library at center


Underground, space-saving parking for residents



Ramp from street level to underground parking.


2nd-floor hallway in apartment building.


Living area of 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment


Master bedroom of above unit


Second bedroom of above unit.


Looking into utility room of above unit.


Inside the utility room.


Bedroom of studio apartment, open to living area


View from kitchen to living area and rooftop patio beyond.  (As you can see, there's still work to do.)


Panoramic view of 2nd-floor community room.  (The community of Middleton Center.)


Related series of posts:
Middleton Center updates from 4/30/2016 to 6/23/2017.

Someday Middleton's Belle Fontaine Boulevard will extent from Parmenter Street to CTH Q


At least that's the plan.
Source:  City of Middleton

Just south of MOC (Middleton Operations Center) on Parmenter, the extended Belle Fontaine will connect with Schneider Road, where the truck (at center left) is traveling west.

All photos by Retiring Guy

Where Belle Fontaine currently dead-ends in the Misty Valley/Middleton Ridge development.


Turning around to look in the opposite direction, i.e. east.


At the intersection of Belle Fontaine and Misty Valley Drive.  Note the design, traffic which will accommodate a 4-lane, divided street.


Where Belle Fontaine Blvd. currently ends at High Road.



The intersection of Belle Fontaine and High Road, looking in the direction of the northeast extension of the former.


Speaking of public art, the salt shed next to new Middleton Operations Center is a candidate


At the north end of Parmenter

Photo by Retiring Guy
Source:  City of Middleton

Related links:
Middleton Wins Project of the Year Award for MOC.  (City of Middleton  press release, 5/13/2016)
Construction of the approximately $11.5 million MOC began in the spring of 2014 and was completed May, 2015. The project enables development by Meriter/Unity Point at the former Public Works garage site. It also allowed the City to address current and future needs of a growing community. The scope of the project included relocation of the 51 stall park-and-ride site, building of an 85,000 square foot Operations Center and a 22,000 square foot cold storage building and relocation of a salt storage facility with expanded capacity. The City enhanced the project further by adding a new Recycling Center to the mix.
Request for Qualifications, City of Middleton Public Arts Committee

From Arts Committee minutes, January 26, 2017
2. Concept Presentation for Salt Storage Shed.   (Dean Allen) Pat Adler introduced Dean Allen, who is a professional area artist. Allen presented examples of his previous work in other cities, and presented a concept for the salt storage shed wall, which includes fiddlehead ferns constructed out of rusted steel. The project would require no maintenance for 25 years.

From Arts Committee minutes, March 16, 2017
2. Salt Storage Shed Project No update.

Not on agenda of May 18, 2017, meeting.

Related post:
Coming soon to this location: "Out of the Shell" public art.  (6/23/2017)

Democratic districts in U.S. House targeted by GOP: Nevada 4th


Nevada gained a 4th U.S. House seat after the 2010 census, and elections in this district have been a seesaw affair so far.  In 2012, Democrat Steven Horsford beat Republican Danny Tarkanian -- who must have a 'loser' tag by now -- by 8 percentage points.  Horsford lost his re-election bid to Republican Cresent Hardy by 2.7 points.  Hardy then lost his re-election bid to Democrat Ruben Kihuen by 4 percentage points.  With this kind of pattern, the NRCC might have stumbled onto a seat where they have a chance.

Clinton won 49.5% of the presidential vote compared to 44.6% for Trump.  


Source:  Ballotpedia

NRCC Announces Initial Offensive Targets For The 2018 Cycle.  (NRCC, 2/8/2017)

Since February 8th, the gap between Trump's approval and disapproval ratings has increased 9.5 percentage points.  To the bad.

Source:  govtrack

Sources: Census Reporter (NV 4CD;  U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts (NV, US)

Related posts:
Minnesota 1st.  (6/13/2017)
Ohio 13th.  (6/13/2017)
Pennsylvania 17th.  (6/13/2017)
Minnesota 8th.  (6/14/2017)
Minnesota 7th.  (6/14/2017)
Arizona 1st.  (6/15/2017)
Arizona 9th.  (6/15/2017)
California 7th.  (6/16/2017)
California 24th.  (6/16/2017)
California 36th.  (6/16/2017)
California 52nd.  (6/16/2017)
Colorado 7th.  (6/17/2017)
Connecticut 2nd.  (6/17/2017)
Connecticut 5th.  (6/17/2017)
Florida 7th.  (6/18/2017)
Florida 13th.  (6/18/2017)
Iowa 2nd.  (6/19/2017)
Illinois 17th.  (6/19/2017)
Maryland 6th.  (6/20/2017)
Michigan 5th.  (6/21/2017)
Michigan 9th.  (6/21/2017)
New Hampshire 1st.  (6/22/2017)
New Hampshire 2nd.  (6/22/2017
New Jersey 5th.  (6/22/2017)
New Mexico 1st.  (6/23/2017)
New Mexico 3rd.  (6/23/2017)
Nevada 3rd.  (6/24/2017)

Take Back the House 2018 posts:
Pennsylvania 8th.  (6/2/2017)
New Jersey 11th.  (6/2/2017)
Minnesota 2nd.  (6/2/2017)
Nebraska 2nd.  (6/3/2017)

Democratic districts in U.S. House targeted by GOP: Nevada 3rd


Since his election to the House in 2010, Republican Joe Heck won his subsequent 2 contests by increasingly larger margins.  In 2016, he ran for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Harry Reid and lost to Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto by 2.4 percentage points.  In the Nevada 3rd that year, Democrat Jacky Rosen defeated Republican by Danny Tarkanian, son of former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, by 1.2 points.

Clinton won 46.5% of the presidential vote compared to 47.5% for Trump.  


Source:  Ballotpedia

NRCC Announces Initial Offensive Targets For The 2018 Cycle.  (NRCC, 2/8/2017)

Since February 8th, the gap between Trump's approval and disapproval ratings has increased 9.5 percentage points.  To the bad.

Source:  govtrack

Sources: Census Reporter (NV 3CD;  U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts (NV, US)

Related posts:
Minnesota 1st.  (6/13/2017)
Ohio 13th.  (6/13/2017)
Pennsylvania 17th.  (6/13/2017)
Minnesota 8th.  (6/14/2017)
Minnesota 7th.  (6/14/2017)
Arizona 1st.  (6/15/2017)
Arizona 9th.  (6/15/2017)
California 7th.  (6/16/2017)
California 24th.  (6/16/2017)
California 36th.  (6/16/2017)
California 52nd.  (6/16/2017)
Colorado 7th.  (6/17/2017)
Connecticut 2nd.  (6/17/2017)
Connecticut 5th.  (6/17/2017)
Florida 7th.  (6/18/2017)
Florida 13th.  (6/18/2017)
Iowa 2nd.  (6/19/2017)
Illinois 17th.  (6/19/2017)
Maryland 6th.  (6/20/2017)
Michigan 5th.  (6/21/2017)
Michigan 9th.  (6/21/2017)
New Hampshire 1st.  (6/22/2017)
New Hampshire 2nd.  (6/22/2017
New Jersey 5th.  (6/22/2017)
New Mexico 1st.  (6/23/2017)
New Mexico 3rd.  (6/23/2017)

Take Back the House 2018 posts:
Pennsylvania 8th.  (6/2/2017)
New Jersey 11th.  (6/2/2017)
Minnesota 2nd.  (6/2/2017)
Nebraska 2nd.  (6/3/2017)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Coming soon to this location: "Out of the Shell" public art



Source:  City of Middleton

Related links/articles:
Out of the Shell Artsts' Statement. (Precious Design Studios)
Focus on Dane County: Middleton public art struggles for funding.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 7/24/2015)
Middleton Public Arts Committee mnutes,  (12/15/2016)

Fitzgerald's in Middleton UPDATE: Still 'closed for remodeling' 4 weeks later


Must be a do-it-yourself job cuz I've yet to see any trucks or vans with drywall/painting/flooring/kitchen equipment etc/etc/etc business logos parked here.


Photos by Retiring Guy


And what do I stumble across shortly after I return home from a bike ride.

Fitzgerald's in Middleton closes after 30 years.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 6/23/2017)
A recording at the restaurant says, "Fitzgerald's is currently closed -- forever" and explains that it will reopen under the name Star BBQ in about three months. 
The message says the business was purchased by a Korean family and will become a Korean barbecue with "Benihana tables." " 
Call us back and keep watching the sign out front," it says.
Keep watching the sign?  That's what I'm doing.

Related article
Restaurant News: Fitzgerald's supper club getting Asian infusion.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 9/15/2016)
Fitzgerald's has never before strayed from its steaks-and-seafood identity. The 10,000-square-foot, 300-seat restaurant was a supper club when Jerry Fitzgerald opened it in 1988 and remained a supper club after John Kaul bought it in 1996.

After Sofra discontinued their dinner services last fall, the Middleton Kiwanis changed their meeting location to fading Fitzgerald's.  It was a disastrous experience.  We're now meeting at Sprecher's.  Makes you wonder how the Star BBQ will fare.


Original 5/26/2017 post, "Fitzgerald's in Middleton:  'Closed for remodeling' while new owners figure out what kinda place it's gonna be", starts here.

Previously, Fitzgerald's billed itself as "the place for steaks".  

Photo by Retiring Guy

Middleton Center UPDATE. The roof is on the tower


From Parmenter and Hubbard



Just south of the railroad tracks on Parmenter



Just south of the railroad track behind the Middleton Public Library.



5/28/2017 update, "In the home stretch", starts here.


Photos by Retiring Guy


5/11/2017 update, "Cladding on south side of Phase 1 office building", starts here.

Photo at this angle previously taken on April 27.


Source:  Property Drive


5/2/2017 update, "Hubbard Avenue perspective of the new Middleton Center as the sun sets", starts here.

iPhone photo

iPhone pano

4/27/2017 update, " Middleton Center Phase 1 on a bright sunshiny day", starts here.

From Parmenter and Hubbard


Photos by Retiring Guy

From the Terrace Avenue side of the tracks on Parmenter


4/13/2017 update, from a distance, starts here.

From the intersection of Parmenter and South.



The old and the new from the post office.



3/24/2017 update, "Phase 1 cladding underway", starts here.



Photos by Retiring Guy



At the not so in-between price of $1,810/month


3/7/2017 update, "Sun is still shining but plastic covering removed from top floors of (new) Old Middleton Center construction ", starts here.


Photo by Retiring Guy

The largest floor plan

Described as 'fabulous'.  $1,960 per month.

2/7/2017 update, "The sun shines....", starts here.

From Aurora Street looking north/northeast across Terrace.


The framing is just about done on the larger of the 1st two buildings.


Sheathed in plastic

The smallest floor plans:  551 to 619 square feet.


1/23/2017 update, "Walkaround on a drearily overcast Sunday", starts here.

Can't wait for the sun to shine at this time of year.

From the railroad tracks on Parmenter.

Village Green peekaboo.

At the Hubbard Avenue curve

At the intersection of Hubbard and Parmenter

1/4/2017 update, "Framing up to third level", starts here.


Photos by Retiring Guy


Here's a view of the south elevation from the Specific Implementation Plan (SIP)



12/22/2016 update, "Visual progress report at dusk", starts here.

Photo taken on a walk to the post office.


Photo taken after visit to the post office, at the intersection of Parmenter and Hubbard.



A 'live' view of this rendering is still 2-3 years away.




11/25/2016 update starts here.


Photos by Retiring Guy


10/26/2016 update, "Above-ground building profile emerges", starts here.






Oops!


10/10/2016 update, "Foundation work progressing", starts here.



9/10/2016 update, "A better day than 2 weeks ago for a photo update", starts here.


8/26/2016 update starts here.






8/5/2016 update starts here.







I can even hear it from my house.  (I had to lean it very close to my laptop during this 10-second video.)






7/25/2016. If this were a video update, you'd hear the loud hum of a large pump off to the left.





Excavation:  the video.  (7/13/2016)



Excavation:  a Still shot.



7/9/2016.  Looking west from Parmenter Street


Looking southwest from Hubbard Ave., across from the Village Green







June 24, 2016




June 17, 2016




May 16, 2016. 





May 7, 2016.  A week's worth of demolition.




5/5/2016.  A beautiful day to demolish a 35-year-old building.
  



Terrence Wall begins major redevelopment in downtown Middleton.  (Madison.com, 5/4/2016)
After staging a ceremonial partial demolition last week, developer Terrence Wall on Tuesday resumed demolition of Old Middleton Centre to make way for his latest development, which will add more than 200 apartments to the area bounded by Elmwood, Hubbard and Terrace avenues and Parmenter Street.

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And the walls came tumbling down.

Compare the view #1 below.


Rubble close-up


Original 4/23/2016 post starts here.

The 35-year-old retail/office development of six similarly designed buildings never found its mojo from the start.



1818 Parmenter Street and 7507 Hubbard Avenue locations in particular.

View #1.  As you can see from the windows, the demo has already begun.



View #2.  


View #3:


Next year:  7611 Hubbard and 7609 Elmwood
2018:  1800 Parmenter and 7600 Terrace.

The new T. Wall development will also include office and retail as well as 200+ apartments.

Related posts:
UPDATE: Middleton Plan Commission to review downtown historic core parking options.
 (4/8/2016)
  • Parking a concern with T. Wall Old Middleton Centre makeover.  (4/1/2016)
  • Possibly Coming Soon to This Location: A Mixed-Use (Retail/Residential), Development (4/29/2015)