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Greening Downtown

Buildings and their rooftops create impervious surface, run off and reduces places for water to percolate through the soil. This contributes to pollution and urban heat islands. In consideration of new high rise buildings, could the city please think about how we might improve living with living plants and materials? I'm thinking about buildings having green rooftops and places for rooftop gardens. Not only does this ...more »

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Historic/archetectural guidelines for Huntsville

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 »

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2040 Transportation plan for Huntsville

I've been to several big picture events, and the popular item of discussion is the expanded roads plan, taking Huntsville thru the years of 2040. Although these are basically sound plans, they are almost exclusively increased car dominate solutions. In other cities, like seattle, their 2040 plan includes a reduction in automobile traffic. I can't help but wonder if Huntsville shouldn't be hedging their bets about ...more »

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Eye appealing Huntsville area.

I like the "art" around the Art Museum and the new"art light" soon to be completed downtown and others. I also like the hanging flowerers downtown in the warmer season. I think it would be a good idea to expand on these ideas downtown and the area around Huntsville. Driving into Huntsville on 72 does not look appealing in many areas especially in Madison. It doesn't look much better on Memorial. Some kind of art, ...more »

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Feeding Our Homeless

Greetings Huntsvillians! Over the holidays, my father and I were talking about ways we can get food to our homeless. I understand and support the ideas and organizations that are already moving mountains in our city providing food and other resources for the homeless. However, I know there are some business *required* to throw away perfectly good food (especially buffet establishments) - employees aren't even allowed ...more »

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Blight Tax

Impose a hefty tax on properties in major downtown areas that sit vacant, blighted, or undeveloped as proposed, for longer than 6 months, not being utilized for greater public good, in order to encourage the owners to either sell at a fair market price, develop as promised, or create a temporary garden or park environment on the land in the interim. Enough holding the public/city/progress hostage for selfish profiteering. ...more »

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Connect Huntsville and Madison -- Fix Madison Pike Sidewalk Gaps

From start to finish, Old Madison Pike is 5.5 miles and has about 5 miles of sidewalk to the north side of the street. There are two gaps in the sidewalk network. The first is at Madison Pike and Slaughter Road. About 230 feet of sidewalk is missing. The ultimate goal here is getting a crosswalk signal installed, but I have been told by city officials that a crosswalk will not be installed because it needs to connect ...more »

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Protect Huntsville's Drinking Water

There are three rivers feeding Madison County's water and they are the Elk, Flint and Paint Rock Rivers. We have had unprecedented housing development along these rivers. It is predicted that by 2020 there will be no more farmland in Madison County. Already Huntsville Utilities is saying the Flint is too polluted to use for drinking water. Much of this is due to the suburbs use of chemicals to have green lawns. The City ...more »

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Edible Landscaping

Wouldn't it be great if all new Huntsville landscaping was edible? Pecan, persimmon, and peach trees plus rosemary and blueberry bushes are just a few ideas to get the ball rolling. Hopefully Huntsville residents would pick and eat the food, but if not the birds and squirrels would have a great food source and our soil would be replenished with nutrients. We could be a beacon for progressive landscaping in the Southeast ...more »

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Urban development multi-generational

I just came from a talk by Mayor Battle during which he discussed the urban development concept (places where families work, live, and place in close proximity). I'd like to see another dimension added to the concept that would encourage people of all ages to live in close proximity so that they might help one another. So in addition to work, maybe add retire to the concept. This would create a small town concept too. ...more »

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Car shuttle train between Hunts and Bham

How about the idea of a speedy commuter rail between Huntsville and Birmingham that included a shuttle train that would allow you to roll on with your car, stay in the car, and roll off at the destination? See here for a description:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car_shuttle_train

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stop elderly being taken advantage of

How to stop Solicitors prey on the elderly. Elderly wlling to give dishonest solicitors their social security numbers, bank account numbers, etc. How to provide elderly with advocate in rehab facilities? My father was a patient in a rehab facility. I had to call multiple meetings with the facility director and physical therapists to ascertain my father's 'exit criteria', so he could go back to independent living. When ...more »

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Greenway markings

Greenway's here are very confusing. Why not mark the greenways similar to roads with a single line down the center and a simple note that says "keep right". This would match how every thruway in america works and everyone would understand. The current markings of a small lane on one side for walkers and a large lane on the other for bikes is very confusing and forces you to swap sides when you go the other direction. ...more »

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FMCA Southeast Area President

We need a Motorhome Rally Park. This will bring business to the city. We spend money on fuel, food and entertainment. We have to take our rally's to other cities in Alabama, because we have no way to attract this type of "Life Style". I ask you to join RVillage to see what is going on in this recreation group. See Hoover, Al, they have a park that Host the SEC Baseball Tournament each year. Huntsville should could ...more »

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