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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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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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Designate River area behind Hobbs Island as Powerboat Autobahn.

Designate the smaller channel behind Hobbs Island as a Powerboat Superhighway. Make the paddlers and other impediments stick close to the river bank. Like the autobahn in Germany, unlimited speeds. Uncorked big blocks at RPM. The nuisance green boaters can go to Pinhook creek and paddle amongst the dead hooker bodies,

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Designate German Scientist homes with Markers

Oh glory to the german scientists! Designate each prior home with plaques and roadside markers. Encourage beer drinking and unfiltered cigarette smoking. The Sound of Music wafting downwind! German shephards and dachshunds running around. Lederhosen! Fatherland!

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National Park Service Historical Landmark

How is it that Huntsville sites associated with the pursuit of the first lunar landing are not included as an national historical landmark with the National Park Service, like the Manhattan Project sites including this one in Tennessee: https://www.nps.gov/mapr/oakridge.htm

Would this be of interest and local benefit to pursue?

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Ms Theresa Causey

I would like to see empty parking lots made into functioning art parks. Incorporate the school's art departments to come up with recycled seating and planters with areas for strolling on walkways. Places for food trucks, music. Tables to sit and eat.

South Huntsville needs new restaurants and trending shopping. Play up the arts and get the local schools and neighborhoods involved in supporing a hip area.

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Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Resort/Hotel

Is Huntsville the only city on the RTJ Golf Trail that does not have an adjacent hotel? I am not a golfer, but it seems that there would be a market in Big Cove for another hotel, especially one proximal to the Hampton Cove Golf Course. The Hampton Inn in on 431 seems heavily used, and it would be nice to have another option in the area, particularly for people that are interested in playing golf in one of Alabama's ...more »

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Historic Courthouse Square Missing in Latest Master Plan?

Perhaps I missed it, but I have reviewed the June update to the Huntsville Downtown Development Strategy, and not to discredit the wonderful ideas contained within, I am not seeing a single mention of the courthouse square. How can that be? Again, here's my idea from 2008, to convert the roads along the one block of north and south side square into pedestrian spaces (piazzas), and then add slotted parking on the exterior ...more »

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