Observing State Street as the Axis between Knowledge and Leadership: How the Insertion of Luxury High Rises has Influenced the Character of Madison’s Urban Core
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The past two decades have brought more change to university towns than any period seen before. Our research directly examines the impacts that student-oriented luxury high rises have on the character of the Greater State Street Neighborhood in Madison, Wisconsin. Historic character has long been recognized as essential to urban reproduction as areas with small historic buildings often, but not always, have a greater diversity of resident ages and higher proportions of small businesses. The introduction of luxury high rises and the assembly of businesses they draw into the Greater State Street neighborhood have pushed out smaller, more local businesses, and is indicative of national and global trends of Neoliberalism, Globalization, and Homogenization - forces that are difficult to study at the local scale, but are apparent nonetheless. Though our research may not have the authority to make value, or moral judgments on these phenomena, it is clear that the benefactors of these changes are shifting away from those traditionally best served by the neighborhood’s resources. With these new forces of change, the conventional aspects of cherished neighborhood character - authenticity, local orientation, community-based, and idiosyncrasy become more difficult to prevail.
Luxury high rises