I just moved to the Madison area. I'm about to move into a place walking distance from work in the city of Middleton. I've noticed a few interesting things about this part of Middleton (Old Sauk Rd. exit off the Beltline) so far:
- A new housing development has garages facing an alley in addition to front yards fronting a street with a sidewalk.
- The parking in the strip malls is small and does not face the street. The businesses actually come right up to the sidewalk.
- The roads are all four lanes and divided, which makes crossing them as a pedestrian easier.
- The aforementioned roads all feature bike lanes, although I personally still dislike them--I'd rather just ride in the right hand lane so I don't have to deal with getting run over by the car in the right hand lane if I need to go through an intersection.
- No on-street parking. There is limited parking near shops. TDS, a major employer, has a parking garage operated by the building they lease; there is also satellite parking a good ways from the shops that is free. I'm finding that so far I like this, because it means the scenery from storefront -> sidewalk -> street -> median is undisturbed with rows of ungainly parked cars.
- Regular bus service from here to Madison, although ridership appears poor.
Is this some New Urbanist development? I'm delighted to have just moved here, because I'm going carless as of next Monday and I've actually been able to walk to lunch from work to a variety of eating establishments for a change.
I'll try to post pictures soon!