Development on the Isthumus: Madison’s history

By Mitchell Rose

Madison is defined by its lakes. The isthmus affects every part of life in Wisconsin’s capital. It provides beauty, recreation and attracts people from across the world. But the lakes also provide hard boundaries where development is impossible, and they require constant monitorization for environmental problems. Homes, businesses, parks and so much more line the lakes. They’ve shaped and molded life in Madison it’s hard to dissociate them from the town at this point, but once not so long ago they stood undisturbed by development.

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Communities outside Madison find common ground over health of, education on area lakes

By Will Kenneally

There are two cities in the country that are built around isthmuses: the larger being Seattle, and the smaller being the familiar setting of Madison, Wisconsin. In Madison especially, the geography of the isthmus defines the culture of the city–shaping neighborhoods and even lending its name to one of the city’s weekly periodicals The Isthmus.

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Stories of Ho-Chunk’s ceded land are yet to be told

By Flora Junhua Deng

Lake Mendota in Hocąk — the Ho-Chunk tribe’s language — is Waaksikhomik, which means “where the man lies.” This name derives from a Ho-Chunk legend of a young man who fell in love with a water spirit that lived in the lake. He transformed himself into a fish to be able to live in the water, in order to be with his love.

UW-Madison is located beside Lake Mendota, but this romantic legend may not be widely known to UW-Madison students.

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