The Neighborhood

The Emerson East Neighborhood Association covers that area of the east isthmus of Madison, Wisconsin bounded by East Washington Avenue, the Yahara River, Fordem Avenue, Packers Avenue, Commercial Avenue, and North Street (see map of the neighborhood  on the City of Madison website).

Google MapThis area was originally developed in the 1920’s, after Madison’s Central Marsh was drained and land became available for houses for workers in nearby factories, including Oscar Mayer’s and the French Battery Company. Housing includes a mix of owner-occupied and rental housing. The area covered by the Emerson East Neighborhood Association includes about 2100 people in about 1000 houses and apartment units. Housing is still affordable in the Emerson East neighborhood, and our neighborhood is safe, friendly, and diversified.

Historical Walking Tour
A Walking Tour highlighting the history of our neighborhood is available. This is a large file, and may take a few minutes to download. If you have information about the history of the neighborhood, please contact the Co-Chairs for inclusion in a later edition.

The Historical Walking Tour was created by John Koch, who died in 2018. John was a long-time resident of Emerson East and was heavily involved in EENA. He played a key role in reshaping EENA in the mid-2000s making it more inclusive and transparent. Throughout the years he held a number of offices on the EENA Steering Committee, including Co-Chair for six years. He was always ready to volunteer and his dedication helped shape the neighbor into what it is today.