Madison neighborhood profile schenk-atwood-starkweather-yahara neighborhood association electricity and magnetism purcell pdf


The soul of Madison lives in the Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara Neighborhood, an unassuming old blue-collar district re-imagined as a vibrant haven for many of the funkier and more enterprising elements of the city’s creative class. Bounded on three sides by water and on the fourth by a bike bath and East Washington Avenue, this part of town is at the same time sedate and festive. It is walkable, rich in its appreciation of quirky gusto, and colors its politics deep blue. Situated along the north shore of Lake Monona between the Yahara River and Starkweather Creek, this is a diverse yet cohesive neighborhood that invests in its quality of life. A little over 20 years ago, its residents rallied to transform what was then a seedy porn house into the Barrymore Theater, restoring it to its former glory and establishing it as the beating cultural heart of Madison’s east side. (Partial article from Isthmus Newspaper: Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara: The soul of Madison by David Medaris, May 18, 2008) Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara Neighborhood has a historic feel. Single-family homes to three-flats are intertwine in the fabric of the neighborhood. As you stroll down the street, you will see the front porch style neighborhood: people sitting on their porches welcoming you to chat about life in the neighborhood and beyond. The diverse mix of residents: from the traditional professional to the creative musician, the family makeup that spans ages, races, incomes, and orientation, as well as the vast interest in local to worldly advocacy makes this neighborhood a highly desirable place to live. The charitable spirit is high with the neighborhood supporting, through financial and volunteer time, the Goodman Community Center that serves are youth and seniors.

The Neighborhood Indicators Project is a demonstration of key characteristics and various indicators that relate to the quality of life in Madison at the neighborhood level. Basic neighborhood information as well as housing, public safety, health and family well-being, economic, and transportation indicators by neighborhood is available.

-Sustainable Atwood, a taskforce of SASY, formed to discuss/achieve a higher degree of sustainability within the neighborhood. Sustainable Atwood plans to bring together neighborhood stakeholders to assess current sustainability, generate a shared vision for a sustainable neighborhood, and conduct projects and actions towards achieving the vision (2009).

-Olbrich Park Shoreline Repair project was completed in 2008 and included restoring and stabilizing the shoreline within Olbrich Park along Lake Monona from Starkweather Creek to the east. Recent years have brought consistently higher lake levels and coupled with occasional high winds and / or ice shoves, have combined to damage the shoreline. The project provided an armoring to prevent future damage. The project also included public access and buffer improvements (2008).

Art located at Olbrich Park (3402 Atwood Avenue), Sunbathers located at Olbrich Park (3402 Atwood Avenue), Fiddleheads located Olbrich Botanical Gardens (3402 Atwood Avenue), Untitled located at Olbrich Botanical Gardens (3402 Atwood Avenue), Great Spirit located at Hudson Park (2930 Lakeland at Maple Street)