The bus stop in front of Calhoun (by the new north entrance from Wynn Dr) should be moved closer to one of the building entrances. It's quite a long walk between the bus stop and one of the buildings, especially if someone has a disability.
Impose a hefty tax on properties in major downtown areas that sit vacant, blighted, or undeveloped as proposed, for longer than 6 months, not being utilized for greater public good, in order to encourage the owners to either sell at a fair market price, develop as promised, or create a temporary garden or park environment on the land in the interim. Enough holding the public/city/progress hostage for selfish profiteering. ...more »
Sister Gooch Restaurant was our favorite wonderful LOCAL place to eat in Madison. The property is vast and the venue was spacious. Can it be resurrected?
Swans at Big Spring Lagoon would be an attractive addition to our beautiful park.
From start to finish, Old Madison Pike is 5.5 miles and has about 5 miles of sidewalk to the north side of the street. There are two gaps in the sidewalk network. The first is at Madison Pike and Slaughter Road. About 230 feet of sidewalk is missing. The ultimate goal here is getting a crosswalk signal installed, but I have been told by city officials that a crosswalk will not be installed because it needs to connect ...more »
There are three rivers feeding Madison County's water and they are the Elk, Flint and Paint Rock Rivers. We have had unprecedented housing development along these rivers. It is predicted that by 2020 there will be no more farmland in Madison County. Already Huntsville Utilities is saying the Flint is too polluted to use for drinking water. Much of this is due to the suburbs use of chemicals to have green lawns. The City ...more »
Wouldn't it be great if all new Huntsville landscaping was edible? Pecan, persimmon, and peach trees plus rosemary and blueberry bushes are just a few ideas to get the ball rolling. Hopefully Huntsville residents would pick and eat the food, but if not the birds and squirrels would have a great food source and our soil would be replenished with nutrients. We could be a beacon for progressive landscaping in the Southeast ...more »
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!
With Huntsville being a high tech city I think a great science, planetarium, Imax museum would make a great addition to downtown.
Also we should redevelop Andrew Jackson way in five points with mix use buildings with apartments, shops and restaurants.
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.