Mifflin Concept: Throughout late 2018 and early 2019, Madison’s Planning Division worked with social practice artists in order to promote participation in the city planning process—particularly the West Washington – West Mifflin Area Plan. This plan analyzes opportunities within a small area centered on the 400-500 blocks of West Mifflin Street and West Washington Avenue in Madison, WI. The intended result of this engagement is the development of recommendations with detailed design standards and implementation strategies for the planning areas. This plan addresses land use, preservation, redevelopment opportunities, building and streetscape design, open space, and connectivity to the abutting neighborhoods.
CITIZEN CITYZINE contains excerpts from interviews that Borealis conducted with peer queers in and around the Mifflin neighborhood in Madison, WI. Borealis asked LGBTQ+ interviewees to imagine an ideal neighborhood in whatever terms were appropriate and interesting to them, addressing their primary concerns about and hopes for city planning in Madison. A city survey about the Mifflin / West Wash area helped guide many of the conversational prompts, although the zine represents hours of collective imagining sparked by a queer urge to organize.