I just came from a talk by Mayor Battle during which he discussed the urban development concept (places where families work, live, and place in close proximity). I'd like to see another dimension added to the concept that would encourage people of all ages to live in close proximity so that they might help one another. So in addition to work, maybe add retire to the concept. This would create a small town concept too. ...more »
Huntsville should redevelop areas in and around their existing neighborhoods and build local shops and stores similar to (The village of Providence) where residents can walk that would make the city more walkable ,they should also consider changing some of their big 5 lane roads down to 3 lanes and use the old lanes as on street parking thats a big step in changing Huntsville from a big surburb to a urban city.
The city should redevelop areas in and near their existing neighborhoods and put local shops and stores to make the city more walkable similar to the (village of providence town center)also they should consider making some of their big 5 lane roads to 3 lane roads and use the old lanes as on street parking thats the first of making the city urban.
Create bike lanes and shared lanes. Promote biking and safety with marketing and advertising materials. Connect the park system using bike trails and lanes.
Things that can be done today at low or no cost:
1. Planning staff can create maps showing bike routes from landmarks and parks to other landmarks and parks. Give them to the public.
2. Organize bike events.
3. Educate the public on biking through workshops.
Mark Russell, please join up for SimCity and enlist your cohorts!
Huntsville would benefit from a real County Fair highlighting the agricultural accomplishments of the community, which serves as both a formal (4-H) and informal (exhibits/competitions/livestock shows) educational exhibition, as well as promotes local agricultural related industry (ie, Belle Chevre/Happy Heart, Historical Farms, Garden Clubs, Bee Keepers, Hobby Farms, Equestrian Clubs, Artists, Co-ops, CT Garvins, Tractor ...more »
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 »
Downtown rooftop gardens and/or greenhouses could provide fresh produce and herbs to local restaurants and residents! This would not only provide competitively priced fresh food, it would help reduce the heat radiated from downtown rooftops and help cool our downtown "heat islands" !