While Huntsville isn't as cycling friendly as it could be, it is a natural cycling destination. The trails at Monte Sano are excellent and the backroads of Madison County, especially around New Hope/Owens Cross Roads, offer hundreds of miles of low traffic, scenic cycling for the roadie. Cyclists are more affluent and educated than your average demographic. They have discretionary income and will spend money in resaurants ...more »
I was downtown Saturday evening and Big Spring park was alive with people. One problem; crossing Church St. from the east side of the park to the west was hazardous. Solution: Close Church St. from Williams to Clinton on Friday and Saturday night. Benefits: Safety. The park is enlarged. Church St. becomes an ideal place for food trucks to set up, further enhancing the park as a destination. It connects the venues ...more »
The new John Hunt park will be a nice amenity for Huntsville, but will be inaccessible without a car. Why? Because the monstrosity known as Memorial Parkway dissects this city like the Berlin Wall. It is a very dangerous proposition to cross if you are a walker or cyclist. Please consider building a pedestrian bridge over the parkway to connect Piedmont to the park. Also, while we are on the subject, the Lowe Mill ...more »
This is more about the Huntsville/Madison area in general.
If we can't be one city, why not follow the patterns of Louisville-Jefferson Metro Government and the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County? Combine the overhead of city governance and do us all a favor... get along and work together.
Huntsville is a classic example of Suburban Sprawl. We are so car dependent that rising oil prices will kill this town. Let's get alternate transit options for all these many neighborhoods that can't get anywhere reasonably without a car. The Southeast and Alabama are falling far behind all of these other far-sighted adaptable cities. There are many examples and resources to be had if we simply try, and help or aid can ...more »
If we build a new stadium downtown or possibly at the present park, building apartments as part of the stadium might be a good idea. Add restaurants, pubs, micro brewery, meeting rooms, stores that appeal to the sports enthusiast etc.
I'd love to see more live music at the park, including an event modeled after one I saw at Centennial Park in Nashville last fall. The show was a open to the public with picnic style seating around the stage. A few different bands played, food trucks were parked around the perimeter, and a fenced-off biergarten was set up. We have all of the components to make a great afternoon event. It attracted a huge number of people ...more »
There are many examples of city wide street closures for biking walking and exercise. Look at the joy on these peoples faces as the ride, walk and play in their city streets. Consider closing lanes on Whitesburg all the way to Weatherly Road, then close two lanes of Weatherly, to Todd Mill, and connect up to the Aldridge Greenway. Thus we'd have a route from downtown to Ditto Landing. Just think how much fun ...more »
The Downtown Square has so much potential. Remove the auto traffic (except one lane on the east side) and create a walking space and plaza areas from the newly claimed area. Let's face it, there's not much parking at the square, so removing the circular traffic will not impact 90% of the drivers, because 90% of us park on the periphery blocks. This move will encourage bikeability and walking. And it's a proven ...more »
The Big Spring Park walkway ends at an ugly mess. The railroad trestle is probably problematic regarding extending the walkway, but the usability for downtown residents and visitors would be enhanced if connections were made to the post office and Spring Hill Suites.
Big Spring Park is a Huntsville gem, but the chain link fencing around the Huntsville Municipal Building is an eyesore. I'm not sure why it's there -- it can't be providing any real security -- but either it needs to go or a more permanent (and less ugly) solution installed.
Huntsville being such a technology oriented city should have Gigabit internet access like Chattanooga and other cities in the US. Huntsville has companies such as ADTRAN that develop and build the components for that infrastructure. Huntsville Utilities could venture in that direction, Chattanooga's electric company's smart grid converstion led to their Gigabit speeds. It seems only natural that since Huntsville has ...more »
When we lived in Charlotte they had a yearly event there called the Taste of Charlotte where local restaurants would set up stands downtown and people could buy tokens to sample their food. They would prepare their signature dishes etc and make them available for certain amounts of tokens. This would allow people to sample the foods of alot of restraunts and it was a very popular event every summer downtown. It was a ...more »
The edging around Big Spring park is looking pretty bad. The old stone walls along the edge of the lake are crumbling. It would be good if the lake would get a retrofit similar to what you have on the West side with the sidewalk next to the edge. This would create new walkways and also repair the walls. The lake itself might benefit by draining and cleaning and or deepening certain parts. Maybee adding an island for the ...more »
Huntsville possesses a very unique asset that is being under utilized - a beautiful network of mountain bike trails within riding distance of Downtown! There are two things the city could do with relatively little cost and time. The third option would require significantly more work (approvals from state park???) but may be a next step. 1. Use one of the "Shuttle" buses or one of the tourist trolleys for a Mountain ...more »