Perhaps I missed it, but I have reviewed the June update to the Huntsville Downtown Development Strategy, and not to discredit the wonderful ideas contained within, I am not seeing a single mention of the courthouse square. How can that be? Again, here's my idea from 2008, to convert the roads along the one block of north and south side square into pedestrian spaces (piazzas), and then add slotted parking on the exterior ...more »
There are only two easily accessible public playgrounds over the mountain, Hays Nature Preserve and the weirdly fenced off playground at the ball fields. While preschoolers can have fun, neither of these parks are perfectly suitable for infants or toddlers (no bucket swings at either, no shade at Cove Park). The elementary school playgrounds are limited access and have no restrooms. We should develop another good size ...more »
How about developing a family friendly park with "Lazy River" along Aldridge Creek Greenway? One could leisurely float down the creek on a raft and enjoy the scenery, ending at the Tennessee River.
I recently attended a presentation where I learned that the Humphreys-Rogers House (an historical home once owned by David Campbell Humphreys, a Federal Judge from Huntsville who served during the Civil War era and moved via truck from the Coca-Cola factory area to where it now is in use across the street from City Hall) was once furnished by a past curator from the Early Works Museum with the original furniture belonging ...more »
I think Downtown Huntsville would look much better with Skyscrapers if you are planning to become Alabama biggest city. Birmingham for instance, has a nice skyline and have seen economic growth and is called the magic city for a reason because the city was losing population but now the city is coming back to life and growing again. I think Huntsville will have more opportunities if there was not a restrictions on how ...more »
4 reasons why we need an amusement park:
1) Fun for us awesome people that live in this area/state
2) Give everybody another sweet reason to be here...instead of people always visiting Nash/Atl/Birm/Chat...bring the fun here.
3) It's free publicity for the area... Which brings it to my final point...
4) Tourism = money
I grew up here in Huntsville. I am so very proud of our unique history as the birthplace of the Alabama Constitution and America's space program! But I have just recently learned about an equally fascinating aspect of Huntsville history, which is not prominently documented anywhere so far as I can tell. Did you know that Huntsville was briefly the home of the most famous slave in history, Dred Scott? Did you know that ...more »
Many would-be bike commuters live too far from work or don't have a safe route to ride from home to work. (A lot of Redstone Arsenal employees fall into this category.) Designated "Park and Pedal" locations around the city would remove both of these impediments, allowing folks to drive part of the way to work and ride the rest of the way. There are a lot of under-utilized parking spaces, at churches, city parks, businesses, ...more »
Our city has done a great job of welcoming adult cyclists on roads, but where can our kids and new bikers ride? At the new Huntsville Bike Park & Urban Trails System! This complex would be one of a kind in the southeast, with three skill-building pump tracks to accommodate everyone from toddlers on strider bikes to expert riders on BMX-style dirt and purpose-built features. Add to this another 10-20 miles of multi-use ...more »
Is there a way to have incentives for keeping mature trees when redesigning an area? Developers (or possibly the city) seem to have a habit of removing nice, big, old trees, and putting in dinky, little, new ones. However, it is the mature trees (to me at least) that ground a landscape, provide large amounts of shade and clean air, give places to sit and read or have a picnic, etc.
Since Huntsville is built upon a system of caves, has there been any exploration into converting those caves into something similar to Louisville's Mega Cavern? http://www.louisvillemegacavern.com/
Tall UNIQUE buildings and structures in a city resonate with people. Beautiful, unique, tall buildings put on public display the vibrancy of a city as a whole and may inspire other businesses to build unique downtown buildings. It may seem so trivial but often times a city is judged by how lively it's downtown is, nice grandiose buildings being a major focal point of that. Imagine Chicago, NYC, LA or even Nashville ...more »