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 »
A lot of folks are complaining about Zeirdt Rd and others needing attention. Huntsville has a plan, but money is the key factor here. We are set to be bigger than Birmingham in 10 to 15 years. They still get the 20/59 bridge replaced, south of Birmingham they are got to widen I-65 to six lanes and are trying to get the northern loop to connect 459. Huntsville gets pushed back onI-565 and the possible Southern bypass ...more »
Good news all you bike riders and walkers. Aldridge Creek Greenway expanded north from the Wal-Mart neighborhood store to the golf course. The trail is so beautiful and construction is almost complete. Only a small amount of construction remains before it's ready for public use and the grand opening. But the trail 's new expansion dead ends at the golf course, separating south Huntsville from the Target shopping ...more »
I must say at the outset, I thoroughly expect this the get a record number of downvotes... but I just have to say it. I think a well-planned traffic circle at Jordan Ln and 9th Ave, (and at Triana and 9th too) would do wonders for connecting neighborhoods to walkable and bicycle destinations, but that would not be the biggest benefit... no, the biggest reason would be increased traffic flow through the area while improving ...more »
Madison County could take a lesson from Mackinaw City, Michigan. All employees in Mackinaw City businesses are trained in customer relations. One does notice going from store to store in Mackinaw City that employees smile, and take a special interest in their customers. Refreshing! Customer service in Madison County generally needs improvement!
Running redlights is becoming routine in Huntsville. I notice it especially on Bailey Cove intersections in the morning. I see it about half the time (no exaggeration) I'm sitting at Weatherly and Bailey Cove in the morning. And I don't mean people cutting it close--I mean people blazing through at a high rate of speed when cross traffic has already started to move into the intersection. We've probably all seen this with ...more »
There tends to be general agreement that sprawl and car-oriented sub-divisions are a drain on the tax revenues and city budgets. There seems to be a movement to increase density in some neighborhoods and in the city in general. This is particularly evident in the older inner-core neighborhoods. There has been good progress made in improving the walkability and quality of life in many of those inner-core places. Unfortunately, ...more »
One way to encourage building renovations and incremental development in neighborhoods, while discouraging land speculation and derelict buildings, i.e. encouraging the highest and best use of parcels is to implement a split tax rate on property. Sometimes called a Land Value Tax the idea is to tax the land at a greater percentage of the total evaluation than the improvement. While I realize that the property tax system ...more »
Many cities and several states are investigating the feasibility of establishing public banks. Using public capital to provide reserves for a public bank is a good way to leverage reserves on hand to loan money to public infrastructure projects and to help fund loan programs for local entrepreneurial startups administered through loan agencies. The interest on the loans goes back into the public coffers and thus saves ...more »
Check out the scarecrow festival in Cambria, CA. It runs all month of October. Kevin Hatfield, former mayor was ESTATIC when I showed him what they do every year! You have to see the pictures! We could use the rodeo grounds for daily use: bands, mini rodeos, dirt bike races, etc... YOU WILL LOVE IT!!! This WILL put Huntsville on the map every year!
Can we use the empty bldgs like Butler and westlawn and ALL the vacant bldgs to shelter the home less in the winter? Can you imagine sleeping outside as cold as it is today?
A good pedicab costs about $3,500. Would be a good way to move people between the craft beer taprooms and other cool locations, is there any public policy issues that would hinder such entrepreneurial enterprises in the downtown and inner core areas of Huntsville?