Rooftop gardens debate grows in Madison

By Paul Snyder

Rooftop gardens on the new Madison Central Library are seeding debate between residents lobbying for the space and city leaders unwilling to pay for it.

“We never appropriated money for a rooftop garden,” said Alderman Larry Palm, who is a member of the city’s Public Library Board. “I don’t think we’d support taking funds out of the library to pay for them. We’ve heard it could cost up to $2 million to do that. Our thinking with the people that wanted the gardens always was, ‘Yes, but you pay for it.’”

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