Friday, July 26, 2019

Coming soon to this location: West Washington Place


Photo by Retiring Guy

Developer proposes mixed-use project for former Hotel Washington site.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 7/25/2019)
Amid continuing demand for housing, a developer is proposing to demolish a two-story gas station, convenience store and office building for a five-story mixed-use project with 51 apartments on West Washington Avenue south of the state Capitol. 
The site once held the historic Hotel Washington and its renowned Club de Wash, which was destroyed by fire in 1996.

Georgia Ann Valentine Kargle (1930-2019) Warren High School class of 1948



1948 Dragon yearbook

Joanne's high-school activities:
Girls' Club (4); Stenographers' Club (3);  Assembly Programs (3, 4); Chorus (2); A Capella Choir (3, 4); Carnival (3).

1967 Warren City Directory
  • Valentine George (Carrie; Valentine Dispotal) r707 Cobham Park Road
1983 Warren City Directory

Although she peaked at #87 in 1900, Georgia remained in the top 200 for 54 years (1900-1953), and she is now working her way up to that level.

Other class of '48 graduates:
2019
Shirlie Jean Kauffman.  (5/22/2019)
Joanne Swanson Massa.  (2/23/2019)

2018
Joanne Chester.  (11/13/2018)
Betty Burke Dickinson.  (9/1/2018)
Stephen Cosmano.  (8/29/2018)
Beulah Fox Boll.  (3/16/2018)

2017
Phyllis Miller Maze. (12/27/2017)
Dorothy Anderson Turner.  (9/27/2017)
Margaret Mathyer Conroy.  (4/26/2017)

2016
Ruth Figliuzzi.  (11/5/2016)
Donna Mack Schuler.  (3/19/2016)

2015
Carol Jean Niver Hampson.  (10/22/2015)
Frank Marlett.  (9/13/2015)
John Giltinan.  (7/76/2015)
Lela Nichols Akeley.  (6/24/2015)

2014
Ella Atwell Blum.  (12/24/2014)
Betty Carlson Johnson.  (10/26/2014)
H. Kent Peterson.  (10/1/2014)
Kenneth Lundahl.  (9/21/2014)

2013 
Carl Leave.  (12/26/2013)

Population loss in North Dakota: Dunn County


It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. 

Source:  Wikipedia (Dunn County, Manning)


Manning is the county seat of Dunn County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.


Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 23.0% - Dunn County
  • 28.9% - North Dakota
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 15.9% - Dunn County
  • 15.3% - North Dakota
  • 15.6% - U.S.
The last time Dunn County voted Democratic in a presidential election was 1976.  Trump won 79% of the vote in 2016.

Other North Dakota posts:
Divide County/Crosby.  (7/23/2019)
Golden Valley County/Beach.  (7/24/2019)
Billings County/Medora.  (7/24/2019)
Slope County/Amidon.   (7/25/2019)
Adams County/Hettinger.  (7/25/2019)
Hettinger County/Mott.  (7/26/2019)

Other population loss series:

Population loss in North Dakota: Hettinger County


It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. 

Source:  Wikipedia (Hettinger County, Mott)


Mott is the county seat of Hettinger County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 14.5% - Hettinger County
  • 28.9% - North Dakota
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 22.4% - Hettinger County
  • 15.3% - North Dakota
  • 15.6% - U.S.
The last time Hettinger County voted Democratic in a presidential election was 1964.  Trump won 81% of the vote in 2016.

Other North Dakota posts:
Divide County/Crosby.  (7/23/2019)
Golden Valley County/Beach.  (7/24/2019)
Billings County/Medora.  (7/24/2019)
Slope County/Amidon.   (7/25/2019)
Adams County/Hettinger.  (7/25/2019)

Other population loss series:

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Keeping tabs on Wright Morris in LINKcat



Memorialized at In Praise of Wright Morris, by Peter Orner.  (The New York Times, 7/18/2019)

LINKcat is batting .182, below the Mendoza line.  

SourceLINKcat

Forgotten, indeed.

New construction underway at 600 North Sherman Avenue in Madison WI: Late July site visit


Photo by Retiring Guy


Original 7/3/2019 post starts here.

From Google Maps

At the intersection of North Sherman and Commercial
Photo and video by Retiring Guy

In the face of redevelopment, vernacular architecture never stood a chance


Razed since Retiring Guy last visit.

Photo by Retiring Guy


Original 6/11/2019 post, "It's the beginning of the end of vernacular architecture on the 600 block of West Wilson Street in Madison WI", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Plan Commission approves five-story apartment building on West Wilson.  (Madison.com, 4/23/2019)
City staff recommended approval of the demolition and conditional use permits the project requires. The Bassett Street Neighborhood Steering Committee also wrote in support of the project. 
Verveer said he had “not heard any negative concerns from neighborhood stakeholders” about the project. 
But in February, the Landmarks Commission said the buildings to be demolished had historic value and said it would be an “extensive loss to vernacular housing.” The city’s file on the property at 616 W. Wilson indicated that the house was designed by architectural firm Claude and Starck, but city staff couldn’t find any additional supporting materials that this was the case.



The first sentence in Encyclopedia Britannica's entry on "vernacular architecture":

Vernacular architecture is defined as the ordinary buildings and spaces constructed, shaped, or inhabited by a particular group of people.


Around Town Middleton: Tree in neighbor's yard is not looking well


One side of it, anyway.

August 30, 2017  (First bit of color appeared in late July.)
Photos by Retiring Guy


July 25, 2019.  (This year, the canopy is noticeably thinner on the right side of the tree.)

Around Town Middleton posts
July 2019
Why are there so many cars parked on South Avenue by the MCPASD Services Center in the middle of summer?  (7/11/2019)

June 2019
"ROAD WORK AHEAD" trumps "DRIVE LIKE YOUR KIDS LIVE HERE" on Park Street.  (6/27/2019)
Free lunch Friday.  (6/24/2019)
CBD, just like everywhere else in Wisconsin.  (6/24/2019)
 
February 2019
According to chapter 8.07 of the city ordinances....  (2/4/2019)

January 2019
More than a snow fort, but not a standing-room igloo.  (1/2/2019)
 
December 2018
This section of sidewalk was replaced in 1980.  (12/18/2018)
The post office's new and improved self-service kiosk.  (12/18/2018)

November 2018
Spell checker.  (11/19/2018)

August 2018
Must be on a tight schedule.  (8/6/2018)

July 2018
What type of seeds?  (7/6/2018)

Why are there so many cars parked on South Avenue by the MCPASD Services Center in the middle of summer? June 2018
If it's not one thing, it's another.  (6/23/2018)
Bloom Bake Shop to reopen as Bloom Bindery, a bakery/bookstore.  (6/15/2018)

May 2018
The Tiedeman Pond frog chorus.  (5/15/2018)

March 2018
Tiedeman Pond winter fish kill.  (3/30/2018)
Hear that lonesome whistle blow.  (3/22/2018)
Explosion on Elmwood Avenue.  (3/20/2018)
Googling 'Henry Hubbard'.  (3/18/2018) 
A not-so-faded Flo strikes a new pose.  (3/12/2018)

February 2018

UPDATE: Marathon County's Gary Beastrom snags initial 2019 nomination for Wisconsin County Boards Hall of Shame



Reported in June will remain Pride Month in Marathon County after contentious reconsideration debate.  (Wausau Daily Herald, 7/24/2019)

The majority of Beastrom's constituents lives in the towns of Bern, Halsey, and Hamburg.

Source:  Marathon County Board of Supervisors (red arrows added)

The 34th is a part of Trump's America.


Original 7/22/2019 post starts here.


Marathon County Board to consider walking back Pride Month resolution Tuesday night.  (Wausau Daily Herald, 7/22/2019)

His biography

Minutes of the 6/25/2019 county board meeting

GET ME REWRITE: Sniveling Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald show appalling lack of leadership, empathy



Scott Fitzgerald slams agriculture secretary over comments on farmer mental health.   (Wisconsin State Journal:
In response to:  “As of today, DATCP has funding to provide just five more counseling vouchers to farmers in need of mental health care,” Pfaff said. “If the Joint Finance Committee doesn’t want to move this funding forward immediately, then they have a choice to make: which five farmers will (get mental health care)?” 

I suspect Fitzgerald doesn't like these inflammatory headlines either.

The need for mental health resources for struggling farmers is nothing new for Wisconsin or the United States. Many crisis helplines and programs started during the 1980s farm crisis, including the Farm Center from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. And a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention using data from 2012 found people in farming, fishing and forestry jobs had the highest rate of suicide compared to other occupational groups.
Wisconsin, which had a record 915 suicides in 2017, may be seeing a surge in suicides and suicidal thoughts among farmers, who are facing some of the worst economic challenges in years, experts say. 
Exact numbers of suicides among farmers aren’t available, and authorities say some deaths reported as farm accidents are actually suicides.   
But calls to the Wisconsin Farm Center, which helps distressed farmers, were up last year, including a 33 percent increase in November and December compared to the same two months the previous year.

A new survey shows America's farmers are feeling less optimistic about the future. Results from the monthly farmer sentiment survey have hit a two-year low. Farmers are facing financial troubles and that's causing more mental health emergencies as well.

Population loss in North Dakota: Adams County


It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. 

Source:  Wikipedia (Adams County, Hettinger)


Hettinger is the county seat of Adams County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 27.4% - Adams County
  • 28.9% - North Dakota
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 27.9% - Adams County
  • 15.3% - North Dakota
  • 15.6% - U.S.
The last time Adams County voted Democratic in a presidential election was 1976.

Other North Dakota posts:
Divide County/Crosby.  (7/23/2019)
Golden Valley County/Beach.  (7/24/2019)
Billings County/Medora.  (7/24/2019)
Slope County/Amidon.   (7/25/2019)

Other population loss series:

Population loss in North Dakota: Slope County


It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. 

Source:  Wikipedia (Slope County, Amidon)


Amidon is the county seat of Slope County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.



Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 26.8% - Slope County
  • 28.9% - North Dakota
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 22.9% - Slope County
  • 15.3% - North Dakota
  • 15.6% - U.S.
The last time Slope County voted Democratic in a presidential election was 1964.

Other North Dakota posts:
Divide County/Crosby.  (7/23/2019)
Golden Valley County/Beach.  (7/24/2019)
Billings County/Medora.  (7/24/2019)

Other population loss series:

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The State of Kansas: One career politician deserves another



Susan Wagle, GOP leader of Kansas Senate, launches bid to replace Pat Roberts in 2020.  (Kansas City Star, 7/23/2019)
The Wichita Republican will officially launch her campaign for U.S. Senate on Wednesday after hinting for months at her interest in succeeding retiring Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Wagle, a 65-year-old cancer survivor and the only woman to be chosen Kansas Senate president, said she plans to continue to work as the Kansas Senate’s top Republican through the next legislative session.\ 
The Wichita Republican will officially launch her campaign for U.S. Senate on Wednesday after hinting for months at her interest in succeeding retiring Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Wagle, a 65-year-old cancer survivor and the only woman to be chosen Kansas Senate president, said she plans to continue to work as the Kansas Senate’s top Republican through the next legislative session.

Middleton Market UPDATE: 4 months later, site appears to be cleared and ready for the next phase


Photo by Retiring Guy

3/19/2019 update starts here.

Standard view looking east

Photos by Retiring Guy

Panoramic view looking west


12/25/2018 update, "Treysta project site drive-by", starts here.




Source:  In Business


11/4/2018 update, "Seems to be some early site preparation work going on", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

$50M public market planned for Middleton.  (In Business Madison, October 2018)

Treysta Group has secured plans for the project, which will replace softball fields at 7622 Lisa Lane with an 18,000-square-foot market space for 20 food vendors, 263 apartments, and almost 13,000 square feet of retail.  (3 rendering included)



Though nothing yet happening on the eastern portion of the site



10/17/2018 update, "Wondering if these mounds of dirt mean anything", starts here.
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Photo by Retiring Guy


2/27/2018 update, "No construction work underway but Middleton Public Market still on drawing board", starts here.

Looking to the northwest from Lisa Lane between Parmenter Street and Laura Lane

Middleton developer:  Treysta Group
Looking northeast



Will the Middleton and Madison public markets compete for customers?  (Capital Times /1/18/2018)
Both projects will offer residential and retail space in addition to a market, where vendors will set up in stalls to sell locally sourced food and other goods. Despite their similarities, the city of Madison and the developer of the Middleton project think the markets will be complementary, rather than competitive. 


Original 5/25/2017 post, "Middleton competes in the Madison public marketplace", starts here.

A panorama of views.  This one from the corner of the lanes of Lisa and Laura.


Proposed public market in Middleton could open before Madison's market.  (Capital Times, 5/26/2017)
The Treysta Group is proposing a massive mixed-used development in Middleton, called the “Middleton Market,” which would include a public market along with retail and housing. It’s in the early process of city approvals, but it’s aiming to open by the end of 2018, edging out Madison’s public market 2019 projected opening date.

From the middle of the block between Parmenter Street and Laura Lane.


From behind the Purple Cow Organics buildings.