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VBC

I think the exterior of the VBC(Propst Arena) looks Amazing. I think if we are looking into the future we should think about maybe expanding by a few thousands seats, completely renovating the interior(new seats, real jumbotron, new locker rooms, etc.) and replace the dome that has been there forever. It is an eyesore. Sometimes I feel like we just patch things up. A complete renovation would be nice. It is asking for ...more »

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Lowell Improvements

I’d really love to see mixed use along Lowell where the older Lowell Professional Complex sits. It’s a wide street that could have a promenade, turning the drainage canal into a canal. Putting existing medical offices above storefronts and restaurants it’s really a missed link between the Blossomwood neighborhood and downtown and could be an anchor for that end of downtown/The Medical District/Blossomwood, not unlike ...more »

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Historic Five Points Thoughts

I'm very passionate about Five Points and the downtown area. It has a lot of great things going for it already, and there are many projects that could make it an even more desirable area. My least favorite part of the area is that four gas stations were allowed to operate so close to the historic Five Points and Old Town areas (with even more gas stations nearby). It is a tremendous eye sore. I love local businesses like ...more »

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Downtown Jobs

I would love to see an effort made to attract tech companies and other businesses to downtown Huntsville. So much emphasis is being placed on restaurants, retail, and apartments in the downtown area. This is a great thing, and I am so excited to see the developments continue. I grew to love being in downtown Huntsville so much that I decided to buy a home downtown. I was strongly considering moving to another city a few ...more »

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Who to write to

A lot of folks are complaining about Zeirdt Rd and others needing attention. Huntsville has a plan, but money is the key factor here. We are set to be bigger than Birmingham in 10 to 15 years. They still get the 20/59 bridge replaced, south of Birmingham they are got to widen I-65 to six lanes and are trying to get the northern loop to connect 459. Huntsville gets pushed back onI-565 and the possible Southern bypass ...more »

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Aldridge Creek Greenway needs to go thru the Golf Course!

Good news all you bike riders and walkers. Aldridge Creek Greenway expanded north from the Wal-Mart neighborhood store to the golf course. The trail is so beautiful and construction is almost complete. Only a small amount of construction remains before it's ready for public use and the grand opening. But the trail 's new expansion dead ends at the golf course, separating south Huntsville from the Target shopping ...more »

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Traffic Circle at Jordan Ln and 9th Ave.

I must say at the outset, I thoroughly expect this the get a record number of downvotes... but I just have to say it. I think a well-planned traffic circle at Jordan Ln and 9th Ave, (and at Triana and 9th too) would do wonders for connecting neighborhoods to walkable and bicycle destinations, but that would not be the biggest benefit... no, the biggest reason would be increased traffic flow through the area while improving ...more »

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Shopping!

Madison County could take a lesson from Mackinaw City, Michigan. All employees in Mackinaw City businesses are trained in customer relations. One does notice going from store to store in Mackinaw City that employees smile, and take a special interest in their customers. Refreshing! Customer service in Madison County generally needs improvement!

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Stop light cameras

Running redlights is becoming routine in Huntsville. I notice it especially on Bailey Cove intersections in the morning. I see it about half the time (no exaggeration) I'm sitting at Weatherly and Bailey Cove in the morning. And I don't mean people cutting it close--I mean people blazing through at a high rate of speed when cross traffic has already started to move into the intersection. We've probably all seen this with ...more »

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'By Right' permitting to incrementally increase density

There tends to be general agreement that sprawl and car-oriented sub-divisions are a drain on the tax revenues and city budgets. There seems to be a movement to increase density in some neighborhoods and in the city in general. This is particularly evident in the older inner-core neighborhoods. There has been good progress made in improving the walkability and quality of life in many of those inner-core places. Unfortunately, ...more »

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Split Rate Tax Reform or Land Value Tax (LVT)

One way to encourage building renovations and incremental development in neighborhoods, while discouraging land speculation and derelict buildings, i.e. encouraging the highest and best use of parcels is to implement a split tax rate on property. Sometimes called a Land Value Tax the idea is to tax the land at a greater percentage of the total evaluation than the improvement. While I realize that the property tax system ...more »

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