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Phase out describing Huntsville by quadrants

The designations of NE, SE, SW,and NW are left from the 1950s and are a very out-dated way of dividing Huntsville. As Huntsville has expanded in all directions, the old designations have less meaning. The city should work with the post office to phase out the designations.

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Making huntsville urban

The city should redevelop areas in and near their existing neighborhoods and put local shops and stores to make the city more walkable similar to the (village of providence town center)also they should consider making some of their big 5 lane roads to 3 lane roads and use the old lanes as on street parking thats the first of making the city urban.

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Church Tours

We have many beautiful and varied churches in the downtown area. To help us appreciate the different building architectures and understand the various religious beliefs, a guided tour of the churches would be educational for local citizens and tourists. Who better than the head of each church giving the tours weekly or monthly. Who knows, church attendance might increase in Huntsville and a better appreciation of others. ...more »

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City Market

I think a covered city market for local businesses and farmers would be a huge addition to Huntsville. A great potential area is the planned development between downtown and Lowe Mill. Temporary farmers markets are already doing great all over town. A nice, permanent location for these could also serve as an incubator for small businesses.

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Downtown Veterans Museum

With Huntsville's military connections, it would seem that a first class veterans/military museum would be popular and really could boost tourism.

 

The current veterans museum is fine but very cramped. It needs much more space and visibility. I wish a new, spacious museum could be built downtown (perhaps very near the veterans memorial).

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Commercial Accessibility for Elderly/Disabled

Placing a Dollar General/Family Dollar type establishment geared toward providing for the Elderly/Disabled on the corner of Greene Street/Holmes Ave would be both beneficial to the city and the residents of the elderly communities located in the surrounding areas: Todd Towers, The Summitt, Russell Erskine all house elderly and disabled residents. Generally, the elderly/disabled are housed, but not considered. Having ...more »

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Disguise Cell Phone Towers

Many cities have disguised ugly cell phone towers as a cactus or a tree or a work of art. It would be nice if Huntsville could do that - especially the one you see as you go over Monte Sano toward Hampton Cove - or perhaps one of the churches could incorporate a tower into their steeple or the space and rocket center could have one look like a rocket ship.

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Forgotten Zone

I live on the lower end of Carters Gin Road, within the last mile of the road as it intersects with Pulaski Pike at the Toyota Plant. We are well within the city limits but are out of luck on everything from basic services (i.e., we have to use septic and propane tanks, etc.) to having to pay a LOT more for cable and Internet--although we are only two-three miles beyond Cedar Point (in the vicinity of Winchester Road). ...more »

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New Stadium.

Even though the idea doesn't get many votes I still think it is a good idea to build a stadium downtown Huntsville if done correctly. First, it has to make money. Second people need to support it. The stadium could have a solar footprint. Put a solar roof over the stadium and use the field all year. Flexible, lightweight fabric could extend the possibilities for solar power and fit in places not practical for large ...more »

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Art/Music at the Airport

The airport terminal could reflect more of the cultural diversity of Huntsville, in addition to the defense industry and rocket legacy. We need more art and music to enrich the passenger experience, like Nashville and so many other airports that express their regions' rich culture.

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Basketball under the Interstate.

On my way to church each Thursday I notice that we have a roofed area just before the Veterans park under I 565. I thought it would be nice to make a basketball court that would be out of the weather for anybody to play. Even better if we could connect it to a bike trail and add lights. Of course solar panels and LED bulbs.

Other areas of 565 might also be used.

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Food trucks aren't just for special gorging occasions

We have reserved spots for food trucks, presumably to catch the bar goers at night. Has anyone considered that people during the day need to eat too? Like many other cities, why not allow rotated food trucks to come downtown for lunch? They are so much more affordable than most local choices and it gets people out and walking around.

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Establish Great Border at Oakwood, reduce speed & add bike lanes

Oakwood Avenue NE is a wonderful boundry avenue for Five Points with the exception of the high speed traffic and limited areas for safely crossing on foot. The area has sidewalks on both sides with access to three parks (Optimist, Chapman and Oak). It also now has easy access to the Landtrust Trail system with the recently opened Oak Park Trail that connects to Flat Rock. Consideration should be given to making the ...more »

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Turn Old Grissom High into a Community Center

Use the campus of Grissom High as the starting point for a new community center. With the library already moving there, and the auditorium begging for community theater, the basics are already in place. Base other Huntsville community-type initiatives from there (i.e. meet at Grissom for 'Walk with the Doc'). Lay out a running route of various distances. Get community volunteers to come teach short classes on photography, ...more »

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Curbside Glass Recycling

I know that we can drop glass off right now at the Recyclery but I also know that a lot of people - even those who use their blue bins for other recyclables - aren't doing it because it's simply not convenient. This means that there is a lot of glass that's being sent to the green garbage bins. I'm aware of the argument/point that carbon footprint wise, because our glass has to go all the way to ATL for recycling, ...more »

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Stop hacking the old trees that are near powerlines/Bury lines

Many of these trees were here before the ugly, above ground power lines. Mature trees add value to the property and the city. They clean air and block the view of the many unsightly structures LIKE power lines and poles. If you want to ban planting of trees 10-15 ft from power lines, fine; but stop cutting down and mass hacking the old trees. Either bury the power lines in those areas or prepare to possibly mend in the ...more »

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Keep Huntsville Clean

There are a lot of areas, even in the nicer parts of town, where there is a lot of litter. Nothing makes a bad impression faster than empty cans, bottles and debris strewn about. The good news is that de-littering even large areas is not costly or time- or labor-intensive. Just a little bit of effort is all that is required to make a big difference. Having a clean city shows that the citizens take pride in their city ...more »

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Remove the bike lanes on Drake Ave

Recently, painted bike lanes were added on Drake Avenue near the Parkway. I am not sure of the motivation behind adding these lanes, but they do very little if anything to make cyclists safer. I have been bike commuting for 10 years along that route and I feel less safe riding in the bike lane than I do riding in the right half of the car lane (as recommended by cycling safety experts.) Riding in the bike lane, the cyclist ...more »

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Street improvements to Seminole Btw/ Governors & 9th

It would seem to me that just a small amount of design and fairly inexpensive improvements to Seminole Dr would make that street feel a lot safer and more pleasant to add walkability between Governors and Lowe Mill, that is NOT a bad neighborhood just could use a little TLC, if you know what I mean. Some street lighting, trees, and furniture would do wonders, and encourage more neighborhood commerical.

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Mosquito Control with Zika Virus Warnings

The Zika virus is a serious threat that can mostly be met by controlling mosquitos. Why not have a "mosquito hotline" to report standing water on city/commercial/private property?

 

Simply keeping water from standing controls mosquitos and solves a myriad of pesty problems as well as one single, huge threat: pika.

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Bike paths in massive stormwater concrete box channels

This idea may be a bit of a stretch due to hydrology and risk concerns, but I think it is worth consideration. Our stormwater drainage channels conveniently create a network of potential travel corridors extensively around Huntsville. With all of the attention, funding, and technical expertise currently focused on expanding/creating a bicycle network, the timing is ideal to explore ambitious projects like this (especially ...more »

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