Friday, February 9, 2018

Auto tour of Meadowood neighborhood, Madison WI

Video 1 (as designated by arrow on map)

Map source:  Meadowood Neighborhood Association
(arrows, highlights, and text boxes added)

Video 2

Meadowood neighborhood boundaries:
  • North:  Hammersley Road, Crabapple Lane, Raymond Road
  • East:  South Whitney Way, city limits
  • South:  Monticello Way, city limits
  • West:  Prairie Road

Video 3

A highly selective timeline
  • 1956:  Midland Development Corporation gets the ball rolling
  • Neighborhood of mostly single-family home, some small apartment buildings
  • 1956:  Parade of Homes photos in Wisconsin Historical
    Society collection of visual materials
  • 1957:  Formation of Meadowood Community Club
  • 1958:  Club reformed as Meadowood Neighborhood Association organized (July 11)

Video 4

Related reading:
Food is the thread that runs through the Meadowood neighborhood.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 8/26/2016)
The opening of the Beltline in 1950 and the extension of streets like Midvale Boulevard to the south spurred the West Side’s postwar housing boom. In the mid- to late-1950s, two- and three-bedroom houses with attached one- or two-stall garages began rising from the farm fields in what would become Meadowood.

Grass Roots: Soglin says Meadowood neighborhood is high priority for revitalization.  (Capital Times, 9/20/2012)
Posters professing to be long-term residents wrote of their dismay about changes in the neighborhood in recent years. Some talked of crime in the area, others of running into behavior that intimidated them at the strip mall at Whitney Way and Raymond Road where the hardware store is located. 
Soglin said the neighborhood has been struggling for well over a decade. “The problems were not addressed at a very critical juncture when the neighborhood started changing in terms of more low-income families, without the resources -- particularly for young people -- in the area,” he told me.

Other Madison neighborhood auto tour posts:
Hiawatha Circle, Nakoma.  (1/11/2018)
Skyview Terrace.  (1/9/2018)
Summit Woods.  (1/7/2018)
Midvale Heights.  (1/6/2018)
Hill Farms.  (1/3/2018)
Nakoma.  (12/26/2017)
Sunset Village.  (12/20/2017)
Glen Oak Hills.  (12/17/2017)
Crestwood.  (12/8/2017)
Westmorland.  (12/7/2017)
Owen Parkway, Hoyt Park, Sunset Village.  (12/6/2017)
Indian Hills,  (12/6/2017)
Pilgrim Village.  (12/5/2017)
Highlands.  (12/5/2017)
UPDATE.  Madison's "Levittown" at 66. (12/2/2017)

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