Sunday, January 01, 2006

What's Happening in South Madison?

In a recent email, Ronna (Paris) Moore asks:

By the way...what's up with the "southside" these days? I read a recent article in the Alumni magazine stating that it has become a troubled area. I remember the southside as being a terrific place to grow up in the 50's and 60's! I have a bunch of questions about it so if any of you are interested in sharing some insight, please write!

Many Madison Central High School alumni lived in the "southside," but although I have a sense of where this was when we were at Central, I'm not certain what geographic area it included. Did it include the Greenbush area? What about the houses across from Lake Monona on South Shore Drive? Were the boundaries fairly consistent over a long period of time? Or did they shift frequently? Do you call yourself a "southsider" because of where you lived? Or are you a "southsider" because of where you went to elementary school or junior high?

Some of you still reside in your "southside" neighborhood, very close to where you lived when you were growing up. Others have moved far away. Let's hear from anyone who has something to contribute to this discussion. Even though I lived east of the Capitol Square, I really hope we can open a discussion here, since I plan to write a history of Central -- and the "southside" certainly played an important role in the school's history.

Notes: The article Ronna refers to is in the Winter 2005 issue of On Wisconsin, a magazine published by the Wisconsin Alumni Association at the UW-Madison. If you'd like to read the article, please click HERE. The link is to a PDF file, so it may take more than a few seconds to download. All the ads accompanying this post are from the 1965 Tychoberahn.

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