Currently you have to drive to Birmingham to take the train. A spur that serves Huntsville and Nashville would make it easier for people here to visit other southeastern cities and vice versa -- and might spur price competition between the airport and rail service. It's only $39 to ride between Atlanta and Birmingham round trip.
While internet users in the US struggle with expensive and slow connections provided by cable corporations, Chattanooga, Tennessee's fiber-optic network, "The Gig", is a taxpayer-owned public utility that boasts internet speeds 50 times faster than the rest of the country. This would be a BOOM to the economy. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/04/technology/fast-internet-service-speeds-business-development-in-chattanooga.html?_r=1 ...more »
A Downtown movie theatre would be a great draw for Huntsville. Even a small theatre would encourage foot traffic and "date/family nights" in the heart of the city. As a bonus, design the theatre to have an "old time" look and feel (at least on the exterior.) Retro is the new cool. So, maybe make it a throw-back to the classic theatres that once existed here? And for those saying, "Oh, only private industry can bring ...more »
The overhead utility lines along main routes take a lot away from just how pretty Huntsville really is, especially for newcomers.
Relocating these underground for future development and phasing out/moving older lines over time by burying them will help beautify Huntsville tremendously (just sayin')
I live 1/2 mile from the Aldridge Creek Greenway and love it. The walking and bike path is a fantastic resource for exercise and transportation. My only lament is the lack of destinations available and connections. Extending the creek trail all the way to the Target shopping center should be a quick solution to the connections problem.
I've said it before, but it is worth repeating, the argument for why Huntsville needs high-speed fiber access to the internet is all but won, the question is how are we going to work at getting it. In my opinion, it is time to stop going to Mayor Battle and other civic leaders with the hope that they can "give us fiber." Rather is is time to go not to ask for the pie, but to ask for a plan on how to get the pie. Here ...more »
Before moving to Huntsville, I lived in another mid-sized city with an extensive bike trail network leading to the heart of downtown and spreading out to surrounding suburbs and county areas. It was AMAZING. The paths allowed for people to bike, walk or scoot all over the city and surrounding populous areas. This reduced road congestion, cut commute times and pollution and encouraged a "side industry" of bike shops, scooter ...more »
Ease and efficiency of transportation is key for any city to grow and fluorish. Currently, Huntsville is not only without a substantial mass transit system, it is cut off from other major metropolitan areas with regard to rail connectivity. Huntsville is home to a state university, the second largest research park in the nation, an international airport, a hospital district, a downtown, a military installation, and ...more »
Five Points retail looks like a ghetto. Big ideas are great, but how about putting some creative energy into things we already have. The city is good about controlling residential property in Five Points while the retail falls into ruination. It is time to implement some zoning guidelines for Five Points retail development to go along with the residential ones.
Let's cover some of our parking lots with solar panel roofs. It would provide shelter for the cars to park under and would be a space saving way to create solar-generated power. Also, solar power enhances Huntsville's progressive, forward-thinking image.
There is an artificial beach across the river from Triana that is hugely popular. If we had a beach on the river in Huntsville it would be HUGELY popular. How can we be given such a great God given gift like the Tennessee River and do so little with it? Hobbs Island would be a great option for a location but across 231 from Ditto landing might work or even across from the river, but that would put it outside the city. ...more »
Get a light rail, most major metros that are serious about being green have one. Servicing the airport, Bridge Street, SE Huntsville.
People walk on them. They are made of concrete and many Huntsville streets don't have them. How about we build som before we start building skyscrapers and mass transit. No one in the California street neighborhoods can walk to the brand new publix, or any of the new stuff in the medical district. Hundreds of families that would walk to Starbucks, or the local restaurants by whitesburg, or go to the park on California, ...more »
Huntsville and surrounding cities are cluttered with signs and billboards which are distracting and look junkie. Pass sign codes that restrict realtors, developers, furniture stores, etc. from posting signs in medians and street corners. Restrict billboards from in-town major arteries. If businesses want to advertise, they can do so online and in print media. Clean up our cities and make them look modern and inviting! ...more »
Sao Paulo, Brazil has a very unique area in the city known for it's "open-air museum" of street art graffiti paintings. I don't mean your typical "tagging" that usually peppers trains or buildings but full blown art pieces (think mural) by skilled artist. Scroll down and check out the attached photo under "attachments" for an example. Also, here's a link to a video of Anthony Bourdain visiting the area with one of ...more »
The first sight visitors see coming off of I-565 onto the Parkway are billboards, signs and power lines. There's nothing inviting about it. Beautify Huntsville by removing or changing the signs. Through effective planning and landscaping, this change could be a major enhancement and draw to the city. Planned cities throughout the U.S. might offer insight into how to go about effectively making changes.
Monte Sano is an excellent climb for cyclists, and having a bike lane would make it even better! The blind curves and drainage ditch causes traffic to build up and nervous riders. The current traffic lanes are wide, so narrowing each one by 2' would allow a 4' bike lane for cyclists to climb the beautiful roadway and keep traffic flowing!
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 »
Would like to see a restaurant like top of the river
our family has owned boats for 30 years. Ditto is in desperate need of 1) additional revenue 2) a place to purchase food and drink 3) additional dry storage and 4) outdoor venue for events like concerts in the park, etc.
it is a beautiful, beautiful place that is significantly underutilized because there's nothing there. If you aren't a boater or a fisherman, there's currently nothing there for you!
I would like to see developers and property management companies for retail properties be required to connect their parking lots with one another. This would help ease congestion on heavily traveled routes like University and along Memorial Parkway. In a lot of cases, shoppers are currently forced to go back onto the main road in order to visit a businesses next door. A good example of this are the parking lots for ...more »
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 »
I like going downtown and all the events going on now. It would be nice if all the public parking garages in downtown Huntsville also include nice public restrooms. In general, parking downtown is pretty cheap. So, you could probably add just a little bit to the parking fee to pay for their installation and upkeep.
A state of the art electric bus, using in-pavement induction charging that connected UAH to Bridge Street, Cumings Research Park to the west and Downtown Huntsville to the east. The potential for the development of student villages and other transit oriented development would boost economic development. The corridor should be mixed mode and people scaled, walkable and dynamic
Create bike lanes and shared lanes. Promote biking and safety with marketing and advertising materials. Connect the park system using bike trails and lanes.
Things that can be done today at low or no cost:
1. Planning staff can create maps showing bike routes from landmarks and parks to other landmarks and parks. Give them to the public.
2. Organize bike events.
3. Educate the public on biking through workshops.