Read an article recently that a company can tear down and rebuild an overpass in 48 hours using new technology and new construction ideas. This could solve Huntsville construction nightmares for drivers!
Lets take some of the Huge empty commercial buildings and grow some food. Here is a link that explains about growing greens indoors with little water and no soil.
Many of these trees were here before the ugly, above ground power lines. Mature trees add value to the property and the city. They clean air and block the view of the many unsightly structures LIKE power lines and poles. If you want to ban planting of trees 10-15 ft from power lines, fine; but stop cutting down and mass hacking the old trees. Either bury the power lines in those areas or prepare to possibly mend in the ...more »
There are a lot of areas, even in the nicer parts of town, where there is a lot of litter. Nothing makes a bad impression faster than empty cans, bottles and debris strewn about. The good news is that de-littering even large areas is not costly or time- or labor-intensive. Just a little bit of effort is all that is required to make a big difference. Having a clean city shows that the citizens take pride in their city ...more »
Recently, painted bike lanes were added on Drake Avenue near the Parkway. I am not sure of the motivation behind adding these lanes, but they do very little if anything to make cyclists safer. I have been bike commuting for 10 years along that route and I feel less safe riding in the bike lane than I do riding in the right half of the car lane (as recommended by cycling safety experts.) Riding in the bike lane, the cyclist ...more »
It would seem to me that just a small amount of design and fairly inexpensive improvements to Seminole Dr would make that street feel a lot safer and more pleasant to add walkability between Governors and Lowe Mill, that is NOT a bad neighborhood just could use a little TLC, if you know what I mean. Some street lighting, trees, and furniture would do wonders, and encourage more neighborhood commerical.
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
Let's explore connecting the Huntsville International Airport to Bridge Street, the Space and Rocket Center and Downtown
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 »
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?
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 »
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
The roundabouts in the five points area need to be removed. They make it difficult to turn especially if you have a big vehicle.
More outdoor activities for families and millenials
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 »
Is there some way that Huntsville can encourage the owners of some of the older shopping centers to keep their parking lots maintained? Several of these places (along University Dr, for example) have parking lots that are riddled with potholes.
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 »
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.
“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 »