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Parking and easy access to downtown.

Whatever we do to the downtown area we need to keep in mind easy access and convenient parking. I took my first trip to downtown Birmingham this week and I found it an absolute mess with narrow streets and a lack of parking with few directional signs. In fact led road signs would be great for the downtown area. They have quite a few led road signs in Fort Walton Beach, FL and they are wonderful to help you get around in the evening and would be a great for downtown Huntsville.

Submitted by trlemonds 9 months ago

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    9 months ago

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  1. Moderator

    We agree on the parking and on the signage. In fact, the City hired a Wayfinding sign company (after vetting 16 national proposals) to study downtown and design directional signage, kiosks, etc. The designs look great and include gateway signage into the city, consistent signage for parking and so on. We are still finalizing the designs, locations and materials and plan to be ready for implementation next year.

    9 months ago
  2. trlemonds Idea Submitter

    Making this a better place to live and work is what I like about Huntsville!

    9 months ago
  3. One thing that would make parking and trips to downtown Huntsville more convenient for me, since I never seem to have the correct change... parking meters that you can pay for time with your cell cell phone.

    9 months ago
  4. I agree that this is a problem looking for creative solutions. However I'm ambivalent about supporting (agreeing or disagreeing) this idea. So many system science studies show that by increasing capacity of a good or service, it increases demand, this is specially true regarding traffic. Given the relative size of the Huntsville downtown compared to the expanded metro area Huntsville could end up developing a built environment for cars instead of people. It seems to me if Huntsville is serious about developing a cool downtown we need to begin seriously thinking about about transit solutions... which is never popular in car-centeric cultures.

    For a good article on transit, and TOD (Tansit Oriented Development), which weight both sides of the coin read http://www.minnpost.com/cityscape/2013/06/do-we-really-need-mass-transit-limit-our-dependence-cars. At least there should be a dicussion about it.

    9 months ago