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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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Swimming Hole

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:

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Air BnB

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 »

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Jobs for High School Soccer Sports players

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 »

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Vegetable gardens for schools

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 »

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Bus stop shelters

It would be nice to see Bus stop shelters for the transit system instead of people standing out by the road with no where to get out of the weather or sit down. All that would be required would be an overhead cover with a bench. Make it as vandal proof as possible avoiding glass etc..

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Service providers should NOT be able to Lockdown Neighborhoods

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 »

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More Green Parks

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.

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Future Problem Solving Classes or Clubs

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 »

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Reduce/eliminate train whistles in Five Points

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.

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Phase out describing Huntsville by quadrants

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.

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Making the city more urban

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.

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Making huntsville urban

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.

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Church Tours

We have many beautiful and varied churches in the downtown area. To help us appreciate the different building architectures and understand the various religious beliefs, a guided tour of the churches would be educational for local citizens and tourists. Who better than the head of each church giving the tours weekly or monthly. Who knows, church attendance might increase in Huntsville and a better appreciation of others. ...more »

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City Market

I think a covered city market for local businesses and farmers would be a huge addition to Huntsville. A great potential area is the planned development between downtown and Lowe Mill. Temporary farmers markets are already doing great all over town. A nice, permanent location for these could also serve as an incubator for small businesses.

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Downtown Veterans Museum

With Huntsville's military connections, it would seem that a first class veterans/military museum would be popular and really could boost tourism.

 

The current veterans museum is fine but very cramped. It needs much more space and visibility. I wish a new, spacious museum could be built downtown (perhaps very near the veterans memorial).

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