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What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Build a zoo

I love going to the botanical gardens, especially after the renovations. And Alabama's number one tourist attraction is the Space and Rocket Center. To provide for our citizens and leverage the tourism for the Space and Rocket Center, I would like to see a Zoo developed near the botanical gardens and Space and Rocket Center. At one point I thought I heard some of the land the arsenal has may be turned over to the city ...more »

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Temporary employment for homeless

Can't remember if somebody has posted about this before, but what about giving temporary employment to the homeless, possibly under the city? They can then help with beautifying the city, gardening, picking up litter, etc. Here's an example of what another city has done along this line: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/08/11/this-republican-mayor-has-an-incredibly-simple-idea-to-help-the-homeless-and-it-seems-to-be-working/ ...more »

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Urban whitewater park

Time to get serious about truly making HSV a travel and outdoor destination! TN, GA and NC know how to attract travelers, so why doesn't AL other than the coast. New shoppes and restaurant are great, but they are NOT unique. I recommend an Urban Whitewater Park to provide an array of activities, similar to OKC or NC. Ropes course, climbing walls, zip lines, hiking/biking trails, tubing, rafting, canoeing, kayaking. Area ...more »

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Put the islands back in Big Spring Park

I have had several requests from friends regarding the recent renovation of Big Spring Park downtown. All of them want the islands put back into the park, for a variety of reasons. It gives the birds a home, where they can be safe away from human populations when they want. Also, it makes the park more interesting, beautiful, and enjoyable.

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Road names

Is it possible to change Research Park Blvd back to Rideout Rd or even MLK Blvd and carry it all the way through to the parkway. See if Bob wade and Countess can be dropped or the name moved somewhere else. Add in a few others as well. For instance, Airport Rd. From the Triana Blvd. It is Johnson, Airport, Carl T. Jones, Bailey Cove and Green Cove. I get the fact when it was built most of it wasn't connected and ...more »

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Skyscrapers.

The biggest building in downtown is the Regions Center, but that's not big enough. Mobile actually has less people as of this year than Huntsville does, but they have many buildings that are tall, including one that is over 700 feet tall. If we're going to be the biggest city in the state, shouldn't we look like it? The City Hall that's going to be destroyed and moved soon is in a location that would be perfect to build ...more »

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Civilian Tollway

Maybe I’m crazy but I would really like to see a convenience road for civilians cut through the Arsenal. Having to drive around the Arsenal in any direction adds between 15-30mins to your drive. It seems like we could easily build a two lane road, nothing fancy that would cut through the Arsenal for civilians. It would have no arsenal access and therefore wouldn’t need any gates or additional guards. Since it would be ...more »

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Traina river area

Can we clean up and make use of the river area in Triana, Al? I can imagine restaurants along the river in that area. Not sure if this idea was previously discussed or not.

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Development

I think West Huntsville need more economic development. For example, I think we need more shopping mall and more fun activities.

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Free Community Garden & gardening education center

It would be beneficial to not only the city & it's residents but the Earth as well. For far too long we have all been exposed to many chemicals in our foods without knowing what really goes into them. I feel it is a hit backwards that eating healthy is more costly than a balanced nutrient rich diet. We could have a designated building with property attached where our residents of Huntsville & surrounding areas could come ...more »

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Tiny Houses

I would love to see a community of tiny houses in South Huntsville. I'd like to see well-designed homes in a lovely landscaped area on good size lots. Not the type that are built from reclaimed materials or squished in on top of each other or cookie cutter. Each home with its unique flavor but complementing each other. Not cutesy like doll houses nor junkie. These homes would be occupied by one or two people. I ...more »

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Metropolitan government

Residents of Madison County should consider a consolidated form of government to provide for the growth and economic stability of the Huntsville Metropolitan Area, not solely Huntsville, Madison, New Hope or Owens Cross Roads. Research indicates that metro areas with more broad-based, cooperative governmental arrangements grow faster and generate greater prosperity than metro areas that are governmentally fragmented, ...more »

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