June 5, 2011
Here's how the tent city protest looked at about 1 p.m. today. (Meade shot the video. I edited.)
We were up at the Capitol Square riding bikes, as many Madison streets were closed for the "Ride the Drive" event.
(I'm not too enthusiastic about "Ride the Drive," by the way. Clearing out all the car traffic makes an occasion, which attracts attention and gets a big crowd of people biking at the same time. But it sends the message that the cars are a big nuisance, so I don't think it really encourages people to bike on other days, and it may even discourage them. It did work to get children out biking on the streets, but I don't think it's especially safe or enjoyable to bike with children. Unlike cars, children tend not to proceed in a straight line.)