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

The Ditches of Madison County

Running thru downtown Huntsville are three big, dirty ditches (Pinhook Creek (N/S runs behind the VBC), Fagen Creek (runs adjacent to Lowe Ave), and lesser-known Broglan Branch. Businesses face away from it; people avoid it, etc. etc.. but what IF... what if we fixed the ditch end to end (in stages) to hold water.. what if we put greenspace on both sides.. what if we put running trails thru the green spaces (over time, ...more »

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Mitigating the Great Wall of Parkway

Aside from being ugly, the Parkway is antithetical to all forms of unmotorized traffic, whether that traffic is moving parallel to the roadway or attempting to cross it. It cuts a scar through Huntsville from south to north, in many places creating a no-man's land that isolates neighborhoods and business districts. But the thoroughfare does have its purpose (moving automobile traffic) and we are stuck with it. What can ...more »

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Lazy River

Wouldn't it be great to have a Lazy River to float down thru town, thru Big Springs Park and then on to Brahan Park where a water park should be constructed. The existing levies could be utilized for the main river therefore all that would need to be dug would be a connector to Big Springs Park. This would be tons of fun for families wanting to spend the day on the water but not wanting to have to travel to the river ...more »

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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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