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 »
I'm very passionate about Five Points and the downtown area. It has a lot of great things going for it already, and there are many projects that could make it an even more desirable area. My least favorite part of the area is that four gas stations were allowed to operate so close to the historic Five Points and Old Town areas (with even more gas stations nearby). It is a tremendous eye sore. I love local businesses like ...more »
I would love to see an effort made to attract tech companies and other businesses to downtown Huntsville. So much emphasis is being placed on restaurants, retail, and apartments in the downtown area. This is a great thing, and I am so excited to see the developments continue. I grew to love being in downtown Huntsville so much that I decided to buy a home downtown. I was strongly considering moving to another city a few ...more »
Tall UNIQUE buildings and structures in a city resonate with people. Beautiful, unique, tall buildings put on public display the vibrancy of a city as a whole and may inspire other businesses to build unique downtown buildings. It may seem so trivial but often times a city is judged by how lively it's downtown is, nice grandiose buildings being a major focal point of that. Imagine Chicago, NYC, LA or even Nashville ...more »
This weekend, a friend of mine had a life threatening experience. While driving late downtown, a group of strangers suddenly got into her car and expected her to take them for a ride. She thought she was getting robbed! It turns out they were Uber customers who simply got in the wrong car. This is becoming more common in cities across America, and making scary news stories everywhere. The root cause is that most rideshare ...more »
It seems the best location for this may be at the current location of the Madison County Courthouse. Huntsville should designate a “City Center” with both GPS coordinates and word addresses. The “City Center” could be designated with proper signage leading to the location. It simply state "City Center" instead of a made-up “marketing” name. The Huntsville City Center should have a Wi-Fi spot and tourist information ...more »
Outdoor Sculpture for the Main Library.
Install a nice outdoor art sculpture on the dismal, barren stone pedestal already outside the Main Library. It will give an esthetic purpose for both to be enjoyed by the patrons.
With Huntsville's military connections, it would seem that a first class veterans/military museum would be popular and really could boost tourism.
The current veterans museum is fine but very cramped. It needs much more space and visibility. I wish a new, spacious museum could be built downtown (perhaps very near the veterans memorial).
An art crawl is a partnership with the businesses on and around the square. Local artists would set up some art pieces in one of the businesses around the square. Maps and ads directing the public to visit both the artist and the business. A great family event and get more people to see all the great art and businesses around the square. I saw this in Murfreesboro Tennessee. See their link below for an example ...more »
As the boom continues in downtown construction, we do not need to forget the focus on some of the core attractions that drive tourism and dollars to the area. The Historic Huntsville Depot is ideally located between new parks and close to the Avenue development. Let's make sure that this destination remains open to the public. The grounds are neglected and need to be refurbished. This would be a great venue for multiple ...more »
Driving on the parkway the other day, I was thinking about how awesome our downtown is becoming. I looked over at the VBC and was disappointed at how ugly the backside of it looks. That is what people see when they come into the heart of the city. A painted mural by local artists highlighting the awesome parts of our city would add so much! Craft beer, arts & entertainment, Rocket City, nature, etc. Would love for our ...more »
Several cities are starting to promote University classes in downtown locations to foster young population growth. Examples include University of Richmond creating their UR Downtown Campus, and Arizona State University creating their ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus. The UR Downtown Campus occupies 5,000 SQFT on the first floor of a building in downtown Richmond, VA. This is an approach that should be considered by UAH. ...more »