After a couple of years helping other hip-hop artists by running open mic events at community centers in Madison and hosting a weekly radio show, the scrappy, six-member rap crew known as Supa Friends figured it was time to drop their own album.
Whenever those lists measuring cities’ advantages, benefits and general livability are released, Madison is usually ranked near the top.
We’re regularly heralded as exceptional across any number of categories — the best place for recent college grads to live, the best city for parks, the healthiest, the happiest. The list goes on and on. We’ve even been ranked at the top of lists for having the best-tasting water.
But there’s one major area where Madison falls short: traffic. The Beltline Highway — which was built to ease congestion and route traffic around the city instead of through it — is often clogged with cars. If you’re traveling toward or away from downtown, our two beautiful lakes provide not only scenic views but also a number of opportunities for bottlenecked, stop-and-go traffic — and headaches — along the isthmus. We simply have too many vehicles and not enough roads.
The Dane County District Attorney’s Office used to be a plum job for prosecutors in the state. But many judges, attorneys and others say the office is struggling under Ismael Ozanne. Turnover is high, cases are getting tossed and morale is low.