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What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Submitted by (@bindibkitty)

Boating

Has Big Spring ever been open for paddle boats and kayaks? Having a limited number of each and requiring reservations would control the traffic. Charging a rental fee would help with cost. It would bring more people out to enjoy the park through the warmer months. Vendors with small wheeled carts selling ice cream, lemonade, pretzels and such would also be nice to have. Makes me think of a Seurat painting. Minus the ...more »

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Submitted by (@rcshsv1)

Outdoor Basketball Park

Huntsville has every outdoor sport in the works all over the city except for Basketball. I've traveled all of the country and overseas and most rising cities have one. Our local talent has increased recently and even brought Alabama Basketball to the VBC so its time the city has an outdoor Basketball court with bleachers.

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Submitted by (@jshearne09)

Outdoor Racquetball courts

Outdoor Racquetball follows the same rules and gameplay as traditional racquetball only on a 3/4 wall with no ceiling. Cost is greatly reduced with outdoor courts. There are no public racquetball courts in Huntsville. There are plenty of tennis courts and soon to be pickleball, which doesn't look as fun as racquetball. Any existing racquetball courts are found in fitness centers that charge a premium fee to be a member. ...more »

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Submitted by (@phill.gibson)

Skyscrapers: Apples and Oranges

In following the several conversations here about skyscrapers, I must say I've also been fascinated with them from an early age. I believe it was at the age of ten that my father took my brother and me to watch an Atlanta Braves games, back when Hank Aaron was just a few home runs away from breaking Babe Ruth's record. Even then, Atlanta had many tall buildings, and I remember seeing the downtown Atlanta skyline from ...more »

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Submitted by (@phill.gibson)

Another possible route around Redstone Arsenal

As I'm sure most people here know, there was talk of putting a controlled access highway across Redstone Arsenal some years back which actually gained considerable momentum, only to be shot down (pun intended) by one of the Army Commanders back then. But the need is still there. If you look at a map of present-day Huntsville and environs, you'll notice we are developing into two southern branches, one on either side ...more »

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Submitted by (@larry.mason)

Secure bicycle parking facility downtown

Any plans or ideas about a public or private secure bike parking facility near downtown HSV. I think more people would ride to the CBD and downtown offices on bikes if there were better and more secure places to leave bikes while attending meetings and doing business. I know I would be willing to pay one or two dollars an hour to keep my bike safe. Just curious if others see a need for such a facility.

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Submitted by (@bige00)

Why not a south connector across the base?

I know this was in the plans at some point, and when 9/11 happened it got put on hold and then eventually killed altogether. From what I understand, there was a new requirement for offset distance between base property (?) and a road like that, and there was no route that could be found. Maybe that's not accurate, and if others know better I'd love to hear. BUT I have some work related to Ft. Belvoir in northern VA ...more »

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Submitted by (@jawaj3)

Rethink Triana at Clinton

As the city has grown and changed so have traffic patterns and I feel it may be time for the city engineers to rethink Triana and Clinton intersection. Right now it is a stop sign for north bound Triana traffic with Clinton traffic having right of way. However current traffic patterns really don't support this configuration anylonger. With large school buses, commercial semi-trucks, and garbage/recycling trucks using ...more »

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Submitted by (@saturno17)

Huntsville Ciclovía!

In Bogota, Colombia the city pretty much shuts down a large portion of its nicer street areas to vehicle traffic almost every Sunday and holiday to allow for an event called "Ciclovía" where tons of people come out to run, bike, walk, etc. One of my first weekends there I went to check it out, and I was surprised how much participation there was. Not only tons of people out enjoying the nice weather while doing something ...more »

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Submitted by (@saturno17)

Green Valley Food Center on Old Big Cove

What can be done about the old Green Valley Food Center at Old Big Cove and Terry Drake? As it sits now, its an abandoned eyesore that presents a safety hazard. I've heard the owner doesn't intend to sell it nor renovate it. Is the city or county incapable of doing anything to remedy this? If it could be renovated, it would make a fantastic general store or some other kind of shop. If not, it should be condemned.

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Submitted by (@imaginethis1)

Huntsville, AL development communication

There is a city in Florida near my former residence that is growing significantly. As a means to widely communicate all of their new development efforts (commercial and residential) to the public, they create a quarterly show and tell communication video and post it on youtube. It is called Titusville Talking Points. My family members and friends are always excited to view the latest developments in their local area. ...more »

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Submitted by (@curtisbenzle)

Change the name of "Five Points" to "Gasoline Alley"

With six gas stations within 1/4 mile of the five Points intersection, the city should step up and brag a bit. There aren't many highway exchanges with that sort of density. It may be a bit off-putting but will at least be more descriptive of the area than "Five Points".

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