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Establish a great border for Five Points at Oakwood Avenue NE

Oakwood Avenue NE is a wonderful boundry avenue for Five Points with the exception of the high speed traffic and limited areas for safely crossing on foot. The area has sidewalks on both sides with access to three parks (Optimist, Chapman and Oak). It also now has easy access to the Landtrust Trail system with the recently opened Oak Park Trail that connects to Flat Rock. Consideration should be given to making the ...more »

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Turn Old Grissom High into a Community Center

Use the campus of Grissom High as the starting point for a new community center. With the library already moving there, and the auditorium begging for community theater, the basics are already in place. Base other Huntsville community-type initiatives from there (i.e. meet at Grissom for 'Walk with the Doc'). Lay out a running route of various distances. Get community volunteers to come teach short classes on photography, ...more »

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Curbside Glass Recycling

I know that we can drop glass off right now at the Recyclery but I also know that a lot of people - even those who use their blue bins for other recyclables - aren't doing it because it's simply not convenient. This means that there is a lot of glass that's being sent to the green garbage bins. I'm aware of the argument/point that carbon footprint wise, because our glass has to go all the way to ATL for recycling, ...more »

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Stop hacking the old trees that are near powerlines/Bury lines

Many of these trees were here before the ugly, above ground power lines. Mature trees add value to the property and the city. They clean air and block the view of the many unsightly structures LIKE power lines and poles. If you want to ban planting of trees 10-15 ft from power lines, fine; but stop cutting down and mass hacking the old trees. Either bury the power lines in those areas or prepare to possibly mend in the ...more »

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Keep Huntsville Clean

There are a lot of areas, even in the nicer parts of town, where there is a lot of litter. Nothing makes a bad impression faster than empty cans, bottles and debris strewn about. The good news is that de-littering even large areas is not costly or time- or labor-intensive. Just a little bit of effort is all that is required to make a big difference. Having a clean city shows that the citizens take pride in their city ...more »

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Remove the bike lanes on Drake Ave

Recently, painted bike lanes were added on Drake Avenue near the Parkway. I am not sure of the motivation behind adding these lanes, but they do very little if anything to make cyclists safer. I have been bike commuting for 10 years along that route and I feel less safe riding in the bike lane than I do riding in the right half of the car lane (as recommended by cycling safety experts.) Riding in the bike lane, the cyclist ...more »

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Street improvements to Seminole Btw/ Governors & 9th

It would seem to me that just a small amount of design and fairly inexpensive improvements to Seminole Dr would make that street feel a lot safer and more pleasant to add walkability between Governors and Lowe Mill, that is NOT a bad neighborhood just could use a little TLC, if you know what I mean. Some street lighting, trees, and furniture would do wonders, and encourage more neighborhood commerical.

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Mosquito Control with Zika Virus Warnings

The Zika virus is a serious threat that can mostly be met by controlling mosquitos. Why not have a "mosquito hotline" to report standing water on city/commercial/private property?

 

Simply keeping water from standing controls mosquitos and solves a myriad of pesty problems as well as one single, huge threat: pika.

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Bike paths in massive stormwater concrete box channels

This idea may be a bit of a stretch due to hydrology and risk concerns, but I think it is worth consideration. Our stormwater drainage channels conveniently create a network of potential travel corridors extensively around Huntsville. With all of the attention, funding, and technical expertise currently focused on expanding/creating a bicycle network, the timing is ideal to explore ambitious projects like this (especially ...more »

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Airshows in Huntsville

I know that there used to be airshows in Huntsville, but is there any way we can bring them back? I know a bunch of people (especially in the aviation community) that would love to bring people from around the south together to celebrate aviation. Plus it would be a great opportunity to bring tourists to Huntsville.

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Understandable Zoning via Place Type zoning codes

As the Big Picture plan is approved and Huntsville begins the implementation phase, it might be a good time to rationalize and have a look at how the city might make zoning and zoning codes more understandable and accessible to citizens. Form based code practices can be as hard to understand as the alphabet soup variety. Fine grain zoning practices can help shape neighborhoods but often are not easy to understand. Some ...more »

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Keep the Trees

Walking daily I've seen the usual 5 year marking of trees by the "tree butchers" Asplundi. When a tree is truly a danger or is dead by all means it should be removed. However when I see beautiful large very old mature trees being marked for "trimming" or worse yet removal I get very frustrated. Part of what makes Huntsville special are the mature landscapes of trees. Also these trees help to prevent erosion on the ...more »

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Incentivize Solar Architecture for New and Existing Housing

As Huntsville grows, new apartments and homes are going to be needed to house the population. The city should take the opportunity to encourage these new structures to take advantage of solar architecture techniques, materials, and solar panels(this is applicable to existing housing as well). This would serve several purposes: helping to drive down power consumption (and thus individual costs) needed to keep individuals ...more »

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Patron saint of Huntsville

I believe it would be nice for Huntsville to have Thomas as its Patron saint. Thomas was an architect, builder, and engineer which is what Huntsville is all about. St. Thomas is best known for his role in verifying the Resurrection of his Master. Thomas' unwillingness to believe that the other Apostles had seen their risen Lord on the first Easter Sunday earned him the title of "doubting Thomas." Eight days later, on ...more »

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Speeding issues

Is there anything that can be done about the major speeding issues in Huntsville? Many Huntsville drivers (50% or more) seem to be constantly speeding on our roads by going at least 5-10 mph over the speed limit. Many of the violators are also company vehicles of some kind. Is there a way this issue can be addressed with a specific focus on the official vehicles?

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Share and Care

I think it would be a wonderful idea for the City of Huntsville to establish a Share and Care via a smartphone application or by other means. Maybe a young person needs a room and a lonely senior might have one available for rent. Maybe someone needs a ride. Maybe a young mother needs some clothes for her children and someone might have clothes that her children have grown out of, Maybe a single mother needs someone ...more »

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Haysland Square

I noticed Burkes Outlet was going out of business and was informed that Goody's is too at Haysland Sq So Hsv. What is going in there? South Huntsville is quickly becoming a horrible looking ghost town. Please encourage growth there. We don't our property to decline. Judy Hughes

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Fixing Potholes

The problem of potholes is a problem for government and a problem for driver safety and the driver's pocket book. When a pothole occurs the governmental unit throws asphalt in the hole, pats in down with a shovel, and moves on to the next hole. We drive over the new patch work and it is not a smooth ride or a safe one. For years I have told my wife that someone needs to invent a way to fill the hole with a liquid that ...more »

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