Madison's iconic State Street could be undergoing major changes

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) --- State Street, one of Madison's most iconic areas, could be undergoing some major changes.

Downtown Madison Inc. wants the city to focus more on helping its local businesses.

They released a proposal to turn State Street into a pedestrian mall by eliminating all traffic.

They say that would allow businesses to expand into the street and people to move more freely.

"It's such an important street and has been throughout our history," President of Downtown Madison Inc. Jason Illstrup said. "When people think Madison when you're not form here you think State Street. We need to do everything we can to help the local businesses to make sure State Street is open and welcome to everybody."

While the possibility of removing transit from State Street altogether is still a ways off, Downtown Madison Inc. says the effort to save the city's businesses needs to happen now. 

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