National org honors Wil-Mar Neighborhood with planning award | Community Spirit
The Williamson-Marquette Neighborhood was commended for its planning and community engagement with a national honor this week.
Mayor Paul Soglin, 6th District Alder Marsha Rummel and Marquette Neighborhood Association leaders accepted an award from the American Planning Association Friday afternoon at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center.
American Planning Association’s executive director of the Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Larry Ward, presented the honor designating the community as a Top 10 Great Neighborhood. In a news release, the city said APA officials singled the Madison near east neighborhood out for its location, walkability and revitalization efforts after decade of decline and strong community engagement.
"Marquette has a vibrancy that is a benchmark for other neighborhoods. It is our SoHo," Soglin said, referring to the well-known neighborhood in New York City notable for its regeneration.
Rummel said the ability to get around on foot is a hallmark of the area's history.
"The Marquette Neighborhood has the rich legacy of a place built up before the era of the automobile," Rummel said. “Shops, entertainment, and employment are all located within walking distance of our homes."