Recent news articles discussed the desire of city planners to improve the Holmes Avenue corridor, strengthening the ties between downtown Huntsville and Research Park. Consider using this as a showcase for bike path and / or bike lane development, drawing on examples from Northern Virginia and other areas. Start in Research Park and put bicycle-friendly lanes or paths on Bradford, across the Research Park Blvd overpass, ...more »
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How about we raise the minimum wage to $10.10?
Gus Mayer is an excellent high-end designer large-scale boutique/small department store based out of Birmingham. It is just the right size that Huntsville can support. Their service is much more helpful than traditional luxury department stores and their costs are very competitive. This is really a perfect fit that would keep tax revenue in Huntsville, rather than Nashville, or Birmingham
I've seen many new road projects in the works cited as congestion mitigation and efforts to preserve our short travel time. However, as good as this sounds new roads and expansion just attracts new car trips to add still more cars to the network. This article describes this concept of "induced demand" and how it is now a major item of consideration in the California DOT's decision making process:http://www.citylab.com/commute/2015/11/californias-dot-admits-that-more-roads-mean-more-traffic/415245/?utm_source=nl__link6_111315 ...more »
As part of the Big Picture comprehensive plan, it would be great to see the city's vision for a contiguous network of neighborhoods. Many neighborhoods have natural boundaries and in many cases a sense of place. Neighborhoods should be small enough to be walkable, and should some place that serves as a node or a hub, be it for transit or small scale neighborhood commercial.
Is there to take the current railroad lines downtown and start a trolley or something? Maybe start at the depot and give some tours of Huntsville using the trolley?
And whatever you do, be sure to leave that old wooden trestle by the embassy suites. It may or may not be historic, but its cool factor is very high!!
Is there a way we can make that concrete riverbed something attractive instead of something we just pretend we don't see?
An elevated pedestrian and bicycle round-about over the horrible intersection at Governors and Memorial Pkwy... With ramps instead of stairs so bicycles can ascend and decend. Some example can be found here: (I hope this link works) https://www.google.com/search?q=elevated+pedestrian+and+bicycle+roundabouts&espv=2&biw=1347&bih=640&tbm=isch&imgil=TGM1rWu07oP9-M%253A%253B4emc77knQpeHtM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fsingletrackworld.com%25252Fforum%25252Ftopic%25252Famazing-new-dutch-cycle-facility-this-is-how-you-deal-with-a-roundabout&source=iu&pf=m&fir=TGM1rWu07oP9-M%253A%252C4emc77knQpeHtM%252C_&usg=__Gk3iqC62LMfTK_tYbv7gVP4xpI4%3D&ved=0CCkQyjdqFQoTCISEqtOj2cgCFYzwJgodwXQLhQ&ei=2oMqVoSvFYzhmwHB6a2oCA#imgrc=j7OIkg1yaAljWM%3A&usg=__Gk3iqC62LMfTK_tYbv7gVP4xpI4%3D ...more »
My Big Picture Idea is to get more people in the city on Imagine Huntsville, and talking about ideas. I'm not sure how many people are active on here right now, but imagine if we had just 50 people active, submitting ideas, commenting, tweaking ideas, etc. This forum could really go places.
All that to say, do y'all have any ideas for promoting the site?
Huntsville needs to utilize its great local artist base to integrate locally-themed sculptures, mosaics, fountains, murals, etc. into the new downtown developments. Otherwise, as places they will just be newly designed strip malls, only as endearing a landmark as the novelty that will wear out before they are paid for. Great cities have great art that serves as landmarks (not generic landmarks like, Publix or the latest ...more »
Wednesday, Oct. 21 or Thursday, Oct. 22, 5-7 PM, Columbia High School
This CRP Master Plan Open House is for everyone who works, lives and plays in Cummings Research Park. To better highlight park assets, our master planning team is seeking your input on your user experience, and issues and challenges you have with the park. We want to make certain your voice is heard!
As the boom continues in downtown construction, we do not need to forget the focus on some of the core attractions that drive tourism and dollars to the area. The Historic Huntsville Depot is ideally located between new parks and close to the Avenue development. Let's make sure that this destination remains open to the public. The grounds are neglected and need to be refurbished. This would be a great venue for multiple ...more »
Create an park for business professionals (or really anyone) to be able to work outside instead of being cramped up in and office/cubicle all day. Can use solar panels to provide power for lighting and receptacles to plug laptops/chargers into. Could provide wifi service for charge a small fee ($1-$5), or even a monthly membership.
It would be great if the Huntsville metro area had an interstate loop going around it. Not quite sure how practical it would be to do given that the city has evolved more as a spider web.
SE Huntsville is undergoing change that is not positive. For sale signs are going up like weeds. On Chaney Thompson Road alone there are at least two or three homes that are run down and have no one living in them. The yards are overgrown, our home values are declining. Our district representative(s) and mayor need to walk the area and come up with a proactive plan to stop the decline in this area.
Informal Community Watch Volunteers (ICWV) Any citizen riding in their neighborhood should be on the watch-out and report suspicious activity to their local police precinct. This could result in random spot checks of the community at any time. There is not sign-in or registration requirement, just a willingness to help a neighbor. This does not preclude any established formal Community Watch groups; only adds an ...more »
Drive ins used to be the thing. Unfortunately, several of these shut down in the 80's & 90's, but have since had a resurgence. Athens has one, and people drive from Huntsville to catch a movie there. My idea is that instead of one screen, there's six, each playing a different movie. And it would be perfect for sci-fi, horror, grindhouse, etc., films because Huntsville actually has a market for it.
A communication idea during emergencies in Huntsville. The City of Huntsville should seek the cooperation of a commercial radio station to broadcast public service announcements to the citizens during times of severe emergencies. A radio station may be the most commonly accessible media. A second station should be available if the primary one not be able to broadcast. Television stations may be inaccessible during ...more »
Huntsville and surrounding cities are cluttered with signs and billboards which are distracting and look junkie. Pass sign codes that restrict realtors, developers, furniture stores, etc. from posting signs in medians and street corners. Restrict billboards from in-town major arteries. If businesses want to advertise, they can do so online and in print media. Clean up our cities and make them look modern and inviting! ...more »
Five Points retail looks like a ghetto. Big ideas are great, but how about putting some creative energy into things we already have. The city is good about controlling residential property in Five Points while the retail falls into ruination. It is time to implement some zoning guidelines for Five Points retail development to go along with the residential ones.
My husband and I have traveled to a lot of cities to do Segway Tours of their downtown areas. I think Huntsville definitely has enough interesting sites in and around the downtown area to merit one of these.
We should find a corporate sponsor to install a local-technology-themed indoor play area for kids in the airport gate hall. I have seen such areas getting good use in other airports while families are waiting to board, and just because it is for use by kids dorsn't mean it can't be interesting for adults to look at too.
Several years ago there was an outdoor flea market on the corner of Meridian Street and Oakwood Avenue. Outside, on tables and with everything from tools to vegetables. Getting out on a Saturday morning looking for bargains and running into people a person knew. This was definitely something that many of us remember as "Old Huntsville". It would be terrific if Huntsville had something like that again. Shopping ...more »
We have been hearing more and more lately that the city now wants to have a downtown stadium built on the old Coca-Cola property west of the VB Civic Center. We thought with all the opposition from most people in Huntsville that this was not going to happen, and the old Joe Davis stadium would be renovated. Can you tell us the truth about what is being planned?