Madison, WI Surrounded by Reality

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“Surrounded by Reality” A quote by Lee Dreyfus, future Governor of Wisconsin, while campaigning in 1978. He said “Madison is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.” Madison has grown since then; currently it's about 76 square miles.       More about the site...


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Today in Madison History

July 17, 2013
Madison City Council refuses '77 Square Miles Surrounded by Reality' as motto. The motion failed 10-9 with 11 votes necessary, killing Mayor Paul Soglin's proposal. The mayor's proposal was a playful nod to a statement made by then- gubernatorial candidate Dreyfus in 1978 when he declared "Madison is 30 square miles surrounded by reality."

July 17, 1971
Gates of Heaven Synagogue moved from W. Washington Ave. to it's current location in James Madison prak.