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Madison City Council Votes to No Longer Permit the Mifflin St. Block Party

Oh, this isn’t the end of it. Alumni and current students are fuming on every format imaginable.  I’ve already been told the Badger Herald (which reports the news here) will have a “tough worded editorial” ready to go with its Monday edition.

The never-ending romanticizing of the Mifflin Street Block Party continues unabated.

In an effort to end the Mifflin Street Block Party for the foreseeable future, the city of Madison will no longer permit or sanction this year’s event on May 4, police told residents at a neighborhood meeting Wednesday.

Madison Police Department will step up the strict enforcement of city ordinances started at last year’s event in an effort to end to the block party altogether, according to Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4. Police will particularly focus on violations of city alcohol, trespassing and disruptive behavior ordinances, he said.

In addition to further increasing enforcement and police presence, Larry Warman, chairperson of the Mifflin West Neighborhood Association said MPD is employing a zero-tolerance approach to house parties on Mifflin Street.

Despite the seeing fewer sexual assaults and injuries, Warman said last year’s block party was still took a toll on the community.

“It was not a pretty picture last year, even with the efforts to control [the block party],” Warman said.

Apparently one of the biggest factors in the change is that three-time Madison Mayor (and rumored to be at one of the first Mifflins) Paul Soglin has finally had enough with the goings on.  Word out of Madison City Hall is that Soglin wants to see the Mifflin end.

How this ends is anyone’s guess, but frankly as I’ve said in the past, the deification of a block party is silly, but silly is what Madison does, doesn’t it?

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