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 »
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.
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 »
I'm sure everyone on here is aware of the potential change to the Cecil Ashburn project: http://www.waaytv.com/content/news/Cecil-Ashburn-widening-project-moves-in-different-direction-483666611.html This is crazy because it was one of the original plans several years ago. Several years ago this wouldn't have been nearly as painful as it will be now (or a year from now). Those 8-9 months would be really painful, but ...more »
With all of the controls on residential property owners within the historic districts, why do the commercial property owners act with impunity? The Five Points area is a prime example. Home owners need approval to paint a backyard fence while commercial properties are torn down without a word----see the Emma's Tea Room property. Or perhaps the historic building on Franklin(around the corner from Harrison Bros.) where ...more »
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.