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Mosquito Control with Zika Virus Warnings

The Zika virus is a serious threat that can mostly be met by controlling mosquitos. Why not have a "mosquito hotline" to report standing water on city/commercial/private property?

 

Simply keeping water from standing controls mosquitos and solves a myriad of pesty problems as well as one single, huge threat: pika.

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Bike paths in massive stormwater concrete box channels

This idea may be a bit of a stretch due to hydrology and risk concerns, but I think it is worth consideration. Our stormwater drainage channels conveniently create a network of potential travel corridors extensively around Huntsville. With all of the attention, funding, and technical expertise currently focused on expanding/creating a bicycle network, the timing is ideal to explore ambitious projects like this (especially ...more »

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Airshows in Huntsville

I know that there used to be airshows in Huntsville, but is there any way we can bring them back? I know a bunch of people (especially in the aviation community) that would love to bring people from around the south together to celebrate aviation. Plus it would be a great opportunity to bring tourists to Huntsville.

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Understandable Zoning via Place Type zoning codes

As the Big Picture plan is approved and Huntsville begins the implementation phase, it might be a good time to rationalize and have a look at how the city might make zoning and zoning codes more understandable and accessible to citizens. Form based code practices can be as hard to understand as the alphabet soup variety. Fine grain zoning practices can help shape neighborhoods but often are not easy to understand. Some ...more »

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Keep the Trees

Walking daily I've seen the usual 5 year marking of trees by the "tree butchers" Asplundi. When a tree is truly a danger or is dead by all means it should be removed. However when I see beautiful large very old mature trees being marked for "trimming" or worse yet removal I get very frustrated. Part of what makes Huntsville special are the mature landscapes of trees. Also these trees help to prevent erosion on the ...more »

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Incentivize Solar Architecture for New and Existing Housing

As Huntsville grows, new apartments and homes are going to be needed to house the population. The city should take the opportunity to encourage these new structures to take advantage of solar architecture techniques, materials, and solar panels(this is applicable to existing housing as well). This would serve several purposes: helping to drive down power consumption (and thus individual costs) needed to keep individuals ...more »

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Patron saint of Huntsville

I believe it would be nice for Huntsville to have Thomas as its Patron saint. Thomas was an architect, builder, and engineer which is what Huntsville is all about. St. Thomas is best known for his role in verifying the Resurrection of his Master. Thomas' unwillingness to believe that the other Apostles had seen their risen Lord on the first Easter Sunday earned him the title of "doubting Thomas." Eight days later, on ...more »

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Speeding issues

Is there anything that can be done about the major speeding issues in Huntsville? Many Huntsville drivers (50% or more) seem to be constantly speeding on our roads by going at least 5-10 mph over the speed limit. Many of the violators are also company vehicles of some kind. Is there a way this issue can be addressed with a specific focus on the official vehicles?

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Share and Care

I think it would be a wonderful idea for the City of Huntsville to establish a Share and Care via a smartphone application or by other means. Maybe a young person needs a room and a lonely senior might have one available for rent. Maybe someone needs a ride. Maybe a young mother needs some clothes for her children and someone might have clothes that her children have grown out of, Maybe a single mother needs someone ...more »

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Haysland Square

I noticed Burkes Outlet was going out of business and was informed that Goody's is too at Haysland Sq So Hsv. What is going in there? South Huntsville is quickly becoming a horrible looking ghost town. Please encourage growth there. We don't our property to decline. Judy Hughes

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Fixing Potholes

The problem of potholes is a problem for government and a problem for driver safety and the driver's pocket book. When a pothole occurs the governmental unit throws asphalt in the hole, pats in down with a shovel, and moves on to the next hole. We drive over the new patch work and it is not a smooth ride or a safe one. For years I have told my wife that someone needs to invent a way to fill the hole with a liquid that ...more »

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Getting Across Highway 431 & Taylor Lane

There needs to be a way to pedestrians and cyclists to get from the West side of 421 to the East side safely. There a many subdivisions (Hampton Ridge, Carrington, Highland Park, etc) in this area that don't have a safe way of getting to Hays Nature Preserve and the associated Greenways. I would like to see a pedestrian cross walk installed at Taylor and 431 to allow the western side of 431 access to Hays. Sidewalks ...more »

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Pedestrian bridges

I have lived in other cities where pedestrian bridges were placed in strategic locations (e.g. Heavy traffic) to allow people to cross the road. There is only one in Huntsville I know of and it is on University Drive by UAH. There needs to be many more where people cross heavy traffic.

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"Silicone South" Industry for Huntsville, Alabama

“Silicone South” – Huntsville, Alabama Establish a “Hudson-Alpha” type complex featuring startup-tech-companies. The abandoned Wal-Mart building at the corner of Drake and Memorial Parkway seems an ideal location for a start. The idea is based on the “Silicon Prairie” report about a start-up complex in Lincoln Nebraska. The report aired on CBS TV News Feb. 25, 2016 See it here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/silicon-prairie-great-plains-midwest-startup-tech-companies-entrepreneurs/ ...more »

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Use water pressure in water pipes to create electricity

Huntsville's looking for new ways to generate renewable electricity. This may be worth a look.

 

Interesting article on gizmag.com talks about how Portland will generate electricity within its own water pipes

 

http://www.gizmag.com/portland-lucidpipe-power-system/36130/

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Is Huntsville getting all the property taxes it is should?

Based on this article concerning tactics used by big box retailers (Walmart, etc.) to avoid paying their fair share of property taxes, what is the status of tax collections on such properties here in Huntsville? Should our planners not carefully consider the wisdom of allowing continued development of this type? I would like to know the status. https://ilsr.org/dark-store-tax-tactic-makes-big-box-stores-terrible-deal-for-cities/ ...more »

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Square art crawl

An art crawl is a partnership with the businesses on and around the square. Local artists would set up some art pieces in one of the businesses around the square. Maps and ads directing the public to visit both the artist and the business. A great family event and get more people to see all the great art and businesses around the square. I saw this in Murfreesboro Tennessee. See their link below for an example ...more »

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Real time bus tracking on Huntsville's shuttle system

http://fortune.com/2016/01/11/uber-transloc-public-transit/

 

Make it easier to see where buses are in near real-time giving riders a better sense of how long they will have to wait for a bus and the ability to plan trips better.

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Citizen advocacy group for transit, bicycles and pedestrians.

In my opinion our region, Huntsville Metro needs to have a strong citizen transportation advocacy organization. There have been several pro-transit, biking and pedestrian posts on this idea forum. But we all come across as individual suggestions. Imagine if we got together and formed a group that could have coordinated messaging, events and actionable options. We could help to do research into new technology for transit ...more »

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Dangerous Jaywalking

The unofficial smoking section at the Huntsville Hospital entrance on Gallatin at Sivley needs to be redirected to another place. There is only one tiny spot for people to crowd around right next to the road. I drive through there every day and DAILY someone jaywalks in front of me. I have even seen someone in a hospital gown sitting on the sidewalk there with her feet out in the road. Because of Twickenham Square ...more »

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