Let’s add a category: "County Courthouse." Either the epicenter of downtown is a government center surrounded by lawyer’s offices or it is an entertainment, small shops and living zone--but the two do not easily mix. Rows of attorney offices hardly project the idea of "fun" and the dilapidated and overwhelming monstrosity of a courthouse is the white elephant in the room. We are trying to re-purpose around it without dealing with the central problem. Of course moving county government to another area would be expensive but it would also redevelop areas needing attention. Serious revitalization of the Huntsville downtown is impossible as long as this unfortunate courthouse dominates that space.
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