One of Madison’s oldest neighborhoods, which over the years has staved off decrepitude and decline, has made the American Planning Association’s top 10 “great neighborhoods.”

The Williamson-Marquette neighborhood, which in 1969 became the first in Madison to form a neighborhood association, made the list with neighborhoods ranging from San Francisco’s iconic Chinatown to homey Central Street in Evanston, Ill.

“From its earliest beginnings in the late 1850s, Marquette, as it commonly is known, has embraced diversity,” notes the APA. “Grand Victorian homes were built along the lakefront, and single family Queen Annes and two flats filled the adjacent grid. Along Williamson, the neighborhood main street, modest workers' cottages were sandwiched between shops, taverns, implement dealers, and blacksmiths.”

Neighborhood representatives and Mayor Paul Soglin will be at an event Friday at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, 953 Jenifer St. at 1:30 p.m. during which APA Executive Director Larry Ward will present a certificate for the honor.

Steven Elbow joined The Capital Times in 1999 and has covered law enforcement in addition to city, county and state government. He has also worked for the Portage Daily Register and has written for the Isthmus weekly newspaper in Madison.

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midwestguy

happydays=sourgrapes....again

a well deserved recognition for this unique neighborhood.

jimatmadison

I love living here. Warm, wonderful, interesting people, great restaurants and shops, fun events, and it does feel like a neighborhood.

I did pay more than if I lived in a different area, but I sure didn't want to live in some soulless burb.

Native51
Native51

Home prices are high, but owner dedication to renewal is strong. Other than pricing out the demographic of who should live there, What's wrong with that?

happydays

nothing's wrong with that - it keeps out the undesirables doesn't it?????? Like I said - not very diverse - just a lot of upper middle class pretending to be progressive except NIMBY

Rosalie

It's a great neighborhood and I love the parade. happydays, just move to Alabama - you'd be happier there.

happydays

I love Alabama -the beaches are great - great seafood!!!

Rosalie

bye-bye then

happydays

Operative word was "were". Now it is just over-priced housing, pretentious so-so food, and mostly upper middle class white people who make an effort to look like they still live in the 60's while drinking high priced coffee. But that will all change when the apartment complex is built. New blood in come in the neighborhood and will change the dynamic of the neighborhood - maybe even clean it up a little.

MrNatural
MrNatural

Baloney. There are many great restaurants, some upper end many down to earth. I hardly find Martin's Jamerica "pretentious". And for every "high priced coffee" shop you've got places like the Crystal or the Wisco.

BananaSplitz
BananaSplitz

I'm with MrNatural on this one. It's a great area. Congrats!

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