Campaign: What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Blight Tax

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 »

Submitted by

Voting

0 votes
0 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Campaign: What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Connect Huntsville and Madison -- Fix Madison Pike Sidewalk Gaps

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 »

Submitted by

Voting

8 votes
8 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Campaign: What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Protect Huntsville's Drinking Water

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 »

Submitted by

Voting

7 votes
9 up votes
2 down votes
Active

Campaign: What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Edible Landscaping

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 »

Submitted by

Voting

4 votes
4 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Campaign: What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Urban development multi-generational

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 »

Submitted by

Voting

11 votes
11 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Campaign: What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Car shuttle train between Hunts and Bham

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:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car_shuttle_train

Submitted by

Voting

0 votes
4 up votes
4 down votes
Active

Campaign: What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

stop elderly being taken advantage of

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 »

Submitted by

Voting

2 votes
3 up votes
1 down votes
Active

Campaign: What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

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 »

Submitted by

Voting

4 votes
5 up votes
1 down votes
Active

Campaign: What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

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 »

Submitted by

Voting

1 vote
3 up votes
2 down votes
Active

Campaign: What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

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 »

Submitted by

Voting

9 votes
14 up votes
5 down votes
Active

Campaign: What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

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 »

Submitted by

Voting

1 vote
1 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Campaign: What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

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 »

Submitted by

Voting

14 votes
14 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Displaying 1 - 25 of 301 Ideas