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Make Huntsville more Sustainable.

Huntsville is a classic example of Suburban Sprawl. We are so car dependent that rising oil prices will kill this town. Let's get alternate transit options for all these many neighborhoods that can't get anywhere reasonably without a car. The Southeast and Alabama are falling far behind all of these other far-sighted adaptable cities. There are many examples and resources to be had if we simply try, and help or aid can be found. Let Huntsville lead the way for a better designed city in the South and be more than the Star of Alabama. Smart growth is our future.

Submitted by paul.D 6 months ago

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  1. Instead of building out, i.e. West Huntsville which means more stretched infrastrusture build up increase density and build better digital communication network... build smart!

    6 months ago
  2. Urban development is a good idea in theory. As I understand it, Huntsville along with most of Alabama has been hamstrung by the Alabama Constitution and the prohibition against Home Rule. Building "willy-nilly" where everything goes and restrictions are lax or nonexistent guarantees that there will be no actual progress. We NEED a strong Development Planning board of far thinking individuals or we will never have a safe and effective infrastructure for bicycling for instance. We need to be able to raise money and spend it where it is raised without it being filtered through Montgomery.

    5 months ago
  3. Portland Oregon has a light rail called MET. Portland is also known for their large bike commuter population. These two forms of transport compliment each other as they find the bike commuters often ride part of their route via the rail. They get off near their destination and bike the rest of the way to work. http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/portlands-new-rail-line-shows-the-payoff-when-bikes-and-transit-make-friend

    5 months ago
  4. NPR is reporting that Google and Samsung look at city's bike infrastructure before expanding into a new location. Several Texas cities are seeing good reasons for adding Bike riding infrastructure.

    http://www.npr.org/2014/04/02/297888698/cyclings-catching-on-in-texas-for-a-very-texas-reason

    5 months ago
  5. Here's in International report that says adding cycling infrastructure is good for health, and the environment.

    http://community.railstotrails.org/blogs/trailblog/archive/2014/03/25/International-Report-Calls-for-Greater-Investment-in-Cycling_2D00_Friendly-Infrastructure.aspx

    5 months ago
  6. http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2014/04/09/prescribe_a_bike_boston_medical_center_has_a_new_prescription_to_fight_obesity.html

    A sustainable society is more than just transportation, it's also our health and well-being. Doctors in Boston are now prescribing bike exercise on their new bike share system. Great idea for a healthy society.

    5 months ago
  7. We need a MARTA type Service on the Parkway / University and to the Airport and to the Mass Transit Bus Station on Church. Better layout of the Bus route as well

    5 months ago
  8. Completely agree with this. There are TONS of things we can do right now that cost very little to no money for the City with great dividends.

    4 months ago
  9. Young people in large cities were polled about their desire of living without a car. The results are not surprising. Build more bike infrastructure and alternative transportation options. The article calls these folks migrant workers with a college degree. http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/young-people-in-indianapolis-like-low-car-lifestyles-almost-as-much-as-youn

    4 months ago
  10. Economic equality is arguably one of the biggest factors in developing, designing, and building sustainability in cities... that goes for equality of mobility too!

    4 months ago

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    6 months ago