What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Let's start painting "The BIG Picture" in our comprehensive master plan by sharing some of our favorite ideas for live, work and play in Huntsville.

What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Move the Merz Office Complex

Twickingham and Old Town were never zoned to include the Mertz Office Complex. Is was and was suppose to be a school. The Mertz Office Complex employees refuse to use the Complex's parking lot, opting instead to clog our neighborhood with their cars. The Mertz Office Complex is a BAD neighbor and the time has come for them to move to a more appropriate site.

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Pedestrian bridge over 431/Big Cove

Would be fantastic to build a pedestrian bridge over 431 near Taylor Lane/Round Bar Dr to allow pedestrians/bikers/runners to cross over the highway and access Hays Nature Preserve without having to dodge traffic. I suppose a legitimate crosswalk could also work, but I don't have a whole lot of faith in drivers around here.

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Dreaming

Huntsville is slowly piecing together I-565 with the new exits, widening and possible extension. I get mixed reviews on the internet search for the Memphis-Huntsville- Atlanta superhighway. One says it's dead and may never see it happen. Another states its on the five year plan. There is another article about the Obama administration re-issued the old earmarks and said, here you go. The Huntsville City Leaders tell ...more »

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Fix stop and go traffic on Rideout Rd

Is there someway to fix the stop and go traffic on Rideout Rd in the mornings? I very nearly rear-ended somebody this morning because of somebody's sudden stop ahead of me. A large part of it is because of Redstone Gate 9, so I'm submitting here. It's not Huntsville's road so not addressable by SeeClickFix, it's not ALDOT's problem, and Redstone doesn't have a way to ask about issues, so I'm putting it here. Another ...more »

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Smart City? Plan for Electric Vehicles

Revise building codes to specify minimum number of charging stations for electric vehicles per total number of parking spaces (similar to Persons with Disabilities spacing requirements) or at least require all new buildings to be EV-Ready.

https://www.icsc.org/newsletters/article/electric-vehicle-charging-stationsretail-primer-update

https://www.chargepoint.com/blog/contractors-guide-ev-ready-building-codes

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"Five Points Ditch"?!

I have to wonder if that designation, which appears on Google Maps, is the result of an official naming or what. I'm referring to the little waterway which flows through Bud Cramer Park near downtown. Granted, it's not a babbling brook or something that would have stimulated Wordsworth to wax poetic. But, when there's sufficient rainfall (as lately) it's an attractive feature, especially with ducks in the water or along ...more »

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Senior Playground

Senior playgrounds - playground/park areas with equipment, actvities, and even trails - geared to those of a certain level of life experience to provide them a venue to meet and have fun while working on needed skills. Balance, mobility, strength, etc, and fun! A city as progressive-minded as Huntsville could benefit in a huge way by leading the pack of smaller cities into this world-wide trend. I for one love to swing ...more »

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A living green loop around downtown and inner core neighborhoods

I know we are doing a lot of planning around the existing greenways, and the Land Trust in doing a lot of good work to develop a plan to connect many paths, but it would be cool to pick and develop a loop that can be branded, and provide a focus as a priority project that puts people first, and provides a health "track." Below is an example of a walking, running, biking loop infrastructure that connects Portland's downtown ...more »

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Include Infrastructure in near AND far term planning

I'm sure everyone on here is aware of the potential change to the Cecil Ashburn project: http://www.waaytv.com/content/news/Cecil-Ashburn-widening-project-moves-in-different-direction-483666611.html This is crazy because it was one of the original plans several years ago. Several years ago this wouldn't have been nearly as painful as it will be now (or a year from now). Those 8-9 months would be really painful, but ...more »

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Downtown Art and Murals

With all of the big money mixed use developments currently underway in Huntsville (which I'm excited to see complete and operational), it could sometimes be easy to overlook smaller projects that help add beauty to downtown. I'm excited to see a large mural in progress at the corner of Greene St. and Randolph Ave. What was a blank red wall is being turned into art that will help add visual interest for those walking downtown. ...more »

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