This image shows the current boundaries of the Alder District 2 as of redistricting on 9/7/2012 – courtesy of the City of Madison Planning Division. You can click on this image to zoom in for more detail or clarity. A high resolution pdf version is available from the Planning Division.
The District is diverse, covering a high density student, fraternity and sorority dominated area in the Langdon Neighborhood, moving into the Mansion Hill Neighborhood with again a significant University student population but also including homes, condominiums and rentals for those who choose to live and possibly work in the city center. Further up the edge of Lake Mendota is the James Madison Park Neighborhood, again a mix of student and family residences, followed by the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood which stretches up along the Lake edge to the Yahara River, and sees more of a family occupied set of housing along with significant rental options.
Businesses through this District are also diverse – largely local businesses which are primarily on Johnson Street and East Washington Avenue. They cover a range of interests from local markets, art and handcraft, meeting places and cafes, through to specialty wine and beer establishments and some fabulous places to eat.
There is but one school in the district, the Lapham K-2 school which feeds into the Marquette 3-5 year school, each with over 200 currently enrolled students. Lapham has a strong commitment to providing a great inclusive education which embraces a strong component of community and service education.
Bounded along one edge by Lake Mendota, this shapes the life and recreation of many neighborhood residents, along with the many public parks and amenities which provide places for summer and winter outdoor activities and recreation. A strong community commitment has recently enabled reconstruction and refurbishment of the Tenney Park shelter which now provides a wonderful launch site for winter Tenney Park skating, with lessons and skate rentals in conjunction with the Madison Metropolitan School District. Lakeside parks include Filene, Tenney, Giddings and James Madison which are extensively used by the community especially over the summer months. Yahara River access is provided along the river’s edge in the Yahara River Parkway. Community access to Reynolds Park provides open field recreation opportunities for soccer or frisbee, tennis courts and playground facilities for the young or young at heart. And the recently refurbished Breese Stevens field plays home to competition soccer on a regular basis. Plus there remain several of the characteristic street-end parks, at N. Livingston and N. Paterson, N. Pinckney and N. Carroll Streets which provide pocket-park access to the lake for all. Public access to the lake is also provided at the Edgewater Hotel.
This district is also home to many national landmark districts: Sherman, Fourth Lake Ridge, Mansion Hill, Langdon and East Dayton Street. In addition there is a Mansion Hill local historic district. Tenney Park and the Yahara River Parkway are designated local landmark areas, as well as being combined into a National Register of Historic Places listing. In all these areas and districts, and scattered throughout the other parts of District 2, there are numerous national and locally landmarked buildings covering architectural styles from the early Madison founding era into the twentieth century, with a strong representation from the Prairie School of architecture.