It may have been taken out in the 50's when we fully shifted to solely automobile transportation, but a streetcar system could create a lively nodal network and create a sense of place.
This could apply from greyfields to an abandoned Wal-mart. Look at this example from Texas: http://weburbanist.com/2012/09/04/abandoned-walmart-now-americas-largest-library/
No need to let these buildings be an eyesore or drain on the local economy. Instead we should re-purpose them into something truly useful and sustainable.
I would love to see urban farming take root in Huntsville. However, I would particularly like to see it happen in low-income neighborhoods. These areas are susceptible to becoming food deserts (little to no access to whole foods) and rely heavily on processed foods. Many of these neighborhoods have abandoned properties that would be ideal locations for urban farms. In Birmingham, Jones Valley Urban Farm allows residents ...more »
More sustainable living health and energy conscientious: Educate residents about how to live the most sustainable lifestyle and promote creative/design schools, contributing to forward-thinking innovation, more bike friendly micro-communities, wind power, biofuels (B20 biodiesel), hydropower, green space and roof top plant life, LEED certified (solar panels on homes, business, shaded parking, etc.), large scale compost ...more »
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 »