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1506, 23 Jun 20

Save State Street?

I feel for these business owners who have seen their livelihoods destroyed. I wonder how many of them supported the lefty city politicians who shut down their local economy and then stood by while the rioters destroyed their businesses.

A coalition of State Street businesses pleaded with the city on Monday to improve safety, offer subsidies to attract new businesses and to temporarily convert the street into a pedestrian mall.

In a letter to the city titled “Save State Street” and signed by “your concerned local State Street business and property owners,” the group, which had been meeting for nearly two weeks, also encouraged the city to fund programs to increase the number of Black and other minority-owned businesses; add more security cameras, remove rocks from planters and to replace the glass at the now boarded up visitor center adjacent to Lisa Link Peace Park.

The list of 19 requests come in the wake of closures due to COVID-19 followed by rioting and looting during protests over the killing of George Floyd. Business owners say they fear for their safety, haven’t been listened to by the city and worry about the street’s vibrancy as several businesses have indicated they may not return.


A major issue revolves around the presence of police, something the street has lacked in recent weeks, according to business owners.

“We have heard continuously that people, regardless of race, age, sex, etc., do not feel comfortable or safe on State Street with the current state of affairs,” business owners wrote. “That perception is unlikely to change unless the city actively works to change it. Neighborhood officers should be peacefully present, walking State Street and pleasantly interacting with people in an attempt to rebuild relationships and trust with community members.”

Verveer, who represents much of the downtown, said Monday that he is not surprised by the letter and is “appreciative” of the list of the requests. He was asked by the merchants several weeks ago if it would be helpful if they made a list of concerns and offer ideas to address the issues on the street that normally gets millions of visitors a year. The letter is absent names of business owners.

1506, 23 June 2020


  1. Merlin

    Due to recent events the rental price of influence has gone way, way up. Market demand for courage greatly exceeds availability at the moment. A letter is going to make no impact whatsoever.

  2. MjM

    Owen wonders: “…how many of them supported the lefty city politicians”

    It’s State Street.  In Madison.

    Dare we say,  all?

    Reap what you sow.

    …also encouraged the city to fund programs to increase the number of Black and other minority-owned businesses;

    We honkys are virtuous. Now, send us money.

    another asks to clean up and better maintain Lisa Link Peace Park

    (~snicker~ Lancelot’s sister? )

    So concerned are they, yet no neighborhood volunteers step up to sweep this teeny-tiny less-than-1/4-acre plot of so-sacred ground.   Love it so much gotta have g’vment come do it, eh?   Of course.  “Not my job.”

    …removing plywood from their windows in an attempt to create a more welcoming environment while at the same time hoping the artwork on the plywood will be preserved

    “Artwork”.   Hoping?  Hope and no change.  Which biz owner is stepping up to provide the storage space to preserve all this “art”.

    ANS:  none.

    Verveer said he has been working with the city’s transit department on an effort to eliminate bus traffic from State Street on weekends which would allow more space for businesses to display goods outdoors and for bars and restaurants to expand outdoor seating.

    Eliminate access to grow business.  Outdoor malls.  In Wisconsin.  Clever thinking.

    Neighborhood officers should be peacefully present, walking State Street and pleasantly interacting with people in an attempt to rebuild relationships and trust with community members…..

    ….. The letter is absent names of business owners.

    Naturally.   Pussies.

  3. kjanz1899

    Madison’s time has passed. Time to move state government offices to other cities.

  4. dad29

    When you read the letter, did you hear the bleating and mewling?

    So far, they haven’t asked for State tax money…..but they will.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann

    Evil leftist destroying dreams and lives.

    Awful. Just awful.



  6. Le Roi du Nord


    But you want to use lethal force on suspected criminals.  Awful.  Disgusting.  And very unchristian.

  7. Jason

    >But you want to use lethal force on suspected criminals

    Lies, typical just typical.

  8. Mar

    So, the rioters and looters arrived again in Madison to protest the arrest of a disgusting thug.
    They tore down 2 statues, set fires, broke windows and assaulted a state senator.
    For the most part, the cops did nothing.
    Herr Evers and the mayor of Madison let them riot.
    While the rioters and looters were disgusting, so were the politicians. They had at least 5 different police agencies to respond to the riots if they wanted and they chose not.
    And all of this was caused by a the arrest of a disgusting thug.

  9. kjanz1899

    Maybe now is a good time to return the state capitol to Belmont.

  10. Kevin Scheunemann


    If needed to keep cops and public safe, yes!!!!

    Do you want good to let evil win?

    Are you still in denial of absolute truth that evil exists?

  11. Kevin Scheunemann

    there Nord is…

    Not caring about evil and destruction of the gross, indecent, leftists did to poor business and jobs on State street, but takes time to try and tear me down for opposing the gross evil of his fellow liberal ilk.


    Do you ever oppose the gross, obvious, evil? Or do you court it all day long before you embrace the satanism?

  12. Le Roi du Nord


    See, no lie. k admits it.


    Not true at all. I support law enforcement. Any and all persons involved in damage and destruction of property should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, just as I have told you numerous times. I do not, however, agree with your use of lethal force on suspected, but not yet convicted, suspects. And only if the punishment is appropriate for the crime.

  13. Jason

    >See, no lie. k admits it.

    No he didn’t.  More lies, just as always.

  14. Tuerqas

    >But you want to use lethal force on suspected criminals
    Lies, typical just typical.

    No, not lies and yes Kevin called for lethal force against un-charged suspects on earlier posts, and reiterated it above in this post.  Not sure why you are defending a false position for someone else there, Jason.

  15. Jason

    Because Leroy is an anal little details freak and loves to grab onto something just like this….


    Kevin has said he is “OK” with lethal force when a specific situation calls for it, he has not said he “Wants to use lethal force”.   Semantics, I agree, but that’s Leroy’s bread and butter – beside pointing out spelling mistakes while making many of his own.  So that’s the only reason I called it out – he wants to play the game but not be a player in the game.

  16. dad29

    he wants to play the game but not be a player in the game.

    There’s a reason for that:  he loses when he plays.

  17. Kevin Scheunemann

    nord is just solidly pro-criminal evil.

  18. Le Roi du Nord

    No k, you are lying again. Doesn’t being a chronic liar hamper your journey to the afterlife?

  19. Mar

    Well, by my count, Le Roi has said that he supports law enforcement 2 times.
    And he also questioned the cops and physical force and made the cops look bad in his question
    Hmm. Which post do you believe?

  20. Le Roi du Nord


    As usual, you are wrong.  It seems to be a chronic condition with you.

    I questioned the use of lethal force on suspects (yet to be brought to trial or convicted) proposed by one of your fellow chronically incurious and willfully ignorant travelers.  If you weren’t aware of this, here in the USA we operate under the presumption of innocence.  Were you as highly educated as you continually claim you would have known that.  Now you do.

  21. Mar

    Again Pathological Liar Le Roi, you are wrong in your question and your response.
    You say you support cops and think everyone who damaged should be charged.
    And your question is so stupid as it doesn’t address thugs who pose a threat to cops or the public.
    So again, based on your moronic question and fake saying you are for cops and put those who commit crimes, I don’t believe you.
    But that is just an opinion.
    You still have not condemned the rioters and looters and the politicians who allowed the looters and rioters to do their business of wrecking downtown Madison.

  22. Le Roi du Nord


    It’s my question, you don’t get to determine if it wrong. Are you really that clueless?

  23. Mar

    No, Le Roi, I just use your hateful words against you.
    Remember, you have very little credibility because of your constant lies. And i am not the only one who thinks your are constant liar.

  24. Le Roi du Nord


    Perhaps you could give an exact quote, in context, of my hateful words. Or did you make that all up?

    And remember, Keith Hernandez still isn’t a murderer, and you will never win a conservation.

  25. Mar

    Let’s start, Le Roi, with all the bad and vile names you have called President Trump.
    Then, when you are caught lying, you are called out on it by myself and others, you then blames others for your lie.
    And bringing up Keith Herandez all the time. Does that make you feel good about yourself that you found 1 mistake of mine when you are wrong constantly.
    You are a bitter grumpy old man. So sad.

  26. Le Roi du Nord

    So you have nothing, eh? Not surprising.

  27. Mar

    Ahhhhhh, Le Roi, good response. Well, a good response from a 1st grader.
    Someday, maybe you will grow up. But I doubt it.

  28. Le Roi du Nord

    To be more specific, you have no quote, no context, no purpose for anything. Like was said earlier, you have, and are, nothing

  29. Mar

    More hateful talk from 2 Brain Cell Le Roi.
    Gee, when we have asked you for an exact quote when you lie, you act like a nursing home resident in the dementia wing.
    Grow up, little crybaby. Deal with your hatred. Deal with your lying. Deal with your stupidity. Your an older adult, it’s time to act like an adult.

  30. Le Roi du Nord

    Well, at least that is two more than you, mar.

    But you still can’t provide the quote, the context, or anything to prove your claim.  So still a nothing.  At least you are consistent.

  31. Mar

    Waah, says Crybaby Le Roi.

  32. Le Roi du Nord

    No mar, I didn’t say that. You are lying again.

  33. Mar

    I will say one thing you are good at in life and that is lying/being dishonest. I have to admit you take it to a whole new level.
    President Trump is a rookie compared to you.

  34. Le Roi du Nord

    trump has spewed over 18000 lies and counting since taking office. I probably haven’t said that many words in that time. Hence, you are lying again.

  35. Randall Flagg

    Absolutely correct Le Roi.  Here is one whopper from Trump just two days ago:


    “We have a very low mortality rate, just about the best in the world.”

  36. Kevin Scheunemann

    Can you libs ever stick to subject of how your pathetic ideology is directly destroying businesses on State St.?

  37. Mar

    120,000,000 dead from the Chinese virus:
    Senile Joe Biden.
    1800 words said in 4 years, Le Roi?
    You a hermit?
    Helen Keller spoke more than you.
    I bet your dog talks more.
    Or are you lying again?

  38. Mar

    So, Randall, what is the mortality rate of the US and how does it compare to the rest of the world?

  39. Le Roi du Nord

    No mar, you got it wrong again. For someone as highly educated as you it must be embarrassing to make such a rookie error. I hope you are taking the opportunity to learn from your mistakes.

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