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 »
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:
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 »
Why does Madison County not have a community health plan? With our state ranking in the top 5 for all STDS and also athe such a great risk for tornadoes, this should be a priority.
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 »
Could this be done here?
I do like the new direction signs in the downtown area but would love to have all street signs converted to LED signs in the downtown area These are outstanding at night!
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 »
The low rate carnival currently posing as a fair is lame. It is also unsanitary to have no bathrooms and no hand washing facilities or even hand sanitizers available were food is being served. Shut it down!
Huntsville, or the County, should create a man-made lake from one of the natural spring sources, divert some of the river water at Ditto Landing into a safe from current area, or flood a quarry to make a monitored, natural swimming park with slide bouncy features like this one:
I live 3/4 of a mile from the square and thought our back yard would be a great place for an apartment above the garage, tiny home, mother-in-law house, or a classy little detached AirBnB. Just left the zoning board and found out Huntsville is very much against this line of thinking. It was popular 75 years ago to promote single-family homes and a desire for an isolated suburban life-style. But today people want to ...more »
How about events on the Green Ways? ie Art festivals, etc. It would be a good way to get people out on the Green Ways and make a day out of it. Trunk sales, etc...
Instead of kids working at McDonalds etc, how about kids on Sports teams like Soccer work referring Soccer for AYSO and other City sport programs. AYSO is real big on volunteers of parents but with single parents and work schedules it hard to do that at times but I am sure there are those out there that would pay a fee to fund High School players to referee games. It would be good for the students since it gives them ...more »
In Japan and other countries they have vegetable gardens maintained by students that the produce is used in the school cafeterias. Considering how many schools HSV has it could be coordinated that each school do one type of vegetable ie Tomatoes at several schools, Cucumbers at several, etc. Someone with food service could determine what could be used and then schools could be assigned to grow specific crops. This could ...more »
In the "Huntsville Development News" include an archive sheet that summarizes the zoning and the total apartment complex unit count approved (via building permit). At least for the past two decades.
Comcast. Just the name is enough to make most people very pissy. Bad business practices, sky-rocketing prices, and NULL customer service. Problem is, if you are live in an area like Elm Tree Trace or surrounding, YOU DON'T HAVE A CHOICE. Way back in the day, providers could charter in on certain areas and not allow any other competing company to come in. As long as Comcast pays the pittance of a sum, they basically own ...more »
Is there a way the city can build and/or promote more green parks with shade trees, flower beds, walking trails, etc?
When I search for parks in Huntsville, I basically only see ball parks. While not bad, these don't beautify the city.
To see how this has been done locally, check out Decatur's parks.
I would like to buy Butler Highschool and renovate it as an assisted living facility, building patio homes on the remaining property. I would like to keep the costs as reasonable as possible while providing a safe, beautiful and engaging atmosphere.
Middle school and high school students have many good unique, creative ideas that adults just don't think about. At Eglin Airforce Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida local fifth grade students worked on a project called Marsville. The problem was to come up with ways a colony on mars would grow food, communicate, get water, dispose of waste etc. Students would gain knowledge through research. Speakers were brought ...more »
What would it take to reduce or eliminate the incredibly loud train horns that blow all night through Five Points? Gates on the cross roads? Is this noise having any impact on property values? Maybe this high tech town can invent a cool solution.
The designations of NE, SE, SW,and NW are left from the 1950s and are a very out-dated way of dividing Huntsville. As Huntsville has expanded in all directions, the old designations have less meaning. The city should work with the post office to phase out the designations.
Huntsville should redevelop areas in and around their existing neighborhoods and build local shops and stores similar to (The village of Providence) where residents can walk that would make the city more walkable ,they should also consider changing some of their big 5 lane roads down to 3 lanes and use the old lanes as on street parking thats a big step in changing Huntsville from a big surburb to a urban city.
The city should redevelop areas in and near their existing neighborhoods and put local shops and stores to make the city more walkable similar to the (village of providence town center)also they should consider making some of their big 5 lane roads to 3 lane roads and use the old lanes as on street parking thats the first of making the city urban.