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

Submitted by (@phillima34)

Public Transportation before Roads

So recently I have learned a lot about how public transportation can actually solve a lot of issues with poverty and traffic! As Huntsville keeps growing, I've thought that we need more roads, but the truth is that more efficient public transportation is going to solve the issues of the traffic that we all hate, and it can actually help a lot of families in our community that struggle to own a car. The more roads, the ...more »

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What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Submitted by (@rocketcityrod)

New Tourist Attraction Downtown

Huntsville has the number #1 tourist attraction in the state of Alabama . What if we could have another large scale tourist attraction downtown? That could boost new and existing hotels and also generate new commerce downtown. I would like to encourage everyone to envision a new downtown attraction. Something that could move the city up to the top of tourist destinations. Two possibilities could be a Space needle or ...more »

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What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Submitted by (@citizenaid)

Drive Friendly Campaign

Displaying “Drive Friendly” signs and bill boards, posted especially along high traffic routes and marked on city vehicles, could possibly ease traffic conflicts. A few years ago we saw the “Drive Friendly” signs on a trip through Texas; it may have been psychological, but it just seemed the Texas drivers, for the most part, were friendly; it made us want to drive that way too. It seems “friendliness may beget friendliness. ...more »

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What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Submitted by (@bindibkitty)

Boating

Has Big Spring ever been open for paddle boats and kayaks? Having a limited number of each and requiring reservations would control the traffic. Charging a rental fee would help with cost. It would bring more people out to enjoy the park through the warmer months. Vendors with small wheeled carts selling ice cream, lemonade, pretzels and such would also be nice to have. Makes me think of a Seurat painting. Minus the ...more »

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What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Submitted by (@rcshsv1)

Outdoor Basketball Park

Huntsville has every outdoor sport in the works all over the city except for Basketball. I've traveled all of the country and overseas and most rising cities have one. Our local talent has increased recently and even brought Alabama Basketball to the VBC so its time the city has an outdoor Basketball court with bleachers.

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What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Submitted by (@jshearne09)

Outdoor Racquetball courts

Outdoor Racquetball follows the same rules and gameplay as traditional racquetball only on a 3/4 wall with no ceiling. Cost is greatly reduced with outdoor courts. There are no public racquetball courts in Huntsville. There are plenty of tennis courts and soon to be pickleball, which doesn't look as fun as racquetball. Any existing racquetball courts are found in fitness centers that charge a premium fee to be a member. ...more »

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What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Submitted by (@phill.gibson)

Skyscrapers: Apples and Oranges

In following the several conversations here about skyscrapers, I must say I've also been fascinated with them from an early age. I believe it was at the age of ten that my father took my brother and me to watch an Atlanta Braves games, back when Hank Aaron was just a few home runs away from breaking Babe Ruth's record. Even then, Atlanta had many tall buildings, and I remember seeing the downtown Atlanta skyline from ...more »

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What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Submitted by (@phill.gibson)

Another possible route around Redstone Arsenal

As I'm sure most people here know, there was talk of putting a controlled access highway across Redstone Arsenal some years back which actually gained considerable momentum, only to be shot down (pun intended) by one of the Army Commanders back then. But the need is still there. If you look at a map of present-day Huntsville and environs, you'll notice we are developing into two southern branches, one on either side ...more »

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What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Submitted by (@larry.mason)

Secure bicycle parking facility downtown

Any plans or ideas about a public or private secure bike parking facility near downtown HSV. I think more people would ride to the CBD and downtown offices on bikes if there were better and more secure places to leave bikes while attending meetings and doing business. I know I would be willing to pay one or two dollars an hour to keep my bike safe. Just curious if others see a need for such a facility.

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