(@tommy.gibb)

What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Summer work for high school kids

Give a couple of school kids an old city truck, a 5 gallon bucket of red, yellow, and handicap blue paint along with a couple of rollers and task them with repainting all the curbs, fire zones, handicap parking, etc. in downtown Huntsville. This would aid local residents and would leave visitors with the impression that Huntsville is a clean city.

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(@dave.j.cousins)

What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Greenways are my Favorites Places

I live 1/2 mile from the Aldridge Creek Greenway and love it. The walking and bike path is a fantastic resource for exercise and transportation. My only lament is the lack of destinations available and connections. Extending the creek trail all the way to the Target shopping center should be a quick solution to the connections problem.

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(@jwittenborg)

What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Transit options are a must

Ease and efficiency of transportation is key for any city to grow and fluorish. Currently, Huntsville is not only without a substantial mass transit system, it is cut off from other major metropolitan areas with regard to rail connectivity. Huntsville is home to a state university, the second largest research park in the nation, an international airport, a hospital district, a downtown, a military installation, and ...more »

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(@shawn0)

What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Connect the parking lots!

I would like to see developers and property management companies for retail properties be required to connect their parking lots with one another. This would help ease congestion on heavily traveled routes like University and along Memorial Parkway. In a lot of cases, shoppers are currently forced to go back onto the main road in order to visit a businesses next door. A good example of this are the parking lots for ...more »

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(@nicolecastlebrookus)

What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Amtrak train service

Currently you have to drive to Birmingham to take the train. A spur that serves Huntsville and Nashville would make it easier for people here to visit other southeastern cities and vice versa -- and might spur price competition between the airport and rail service. It's only $39 to ride between Atlanta and Birmingham round trip.

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(@nicolecastlebrookus)

What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Governor's Drive "scenic overlook" & Public Art

The so-called scenic overlook on Governor's drive no longer overlooks anything. The trees have been allowed to grow up so tall, they are raising the water tower. The residents in homes above the overlook are still enjoying their views and would no doubt resist any attempts to clear the view and reveal the water tower. Why not turn the water tower into an asset, by commissioning it as a public art piece? If the tower ...more »

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(@morganandriulli)

What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Use Data from Strava to enhance bicycle and pedestrian planning

Strava is now offering bulk GPS data from its users to municipal planning and engineering departments to help plan for cycling and pedestrian accommodations. Strava is a GPS performance tracking application that logs rides and runs of users on its website. This bulk information shows graphically where cyclists and runners use the roads the most. Cities spend a great deal of money counting traffic loads, but have ...more »

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(@robertmjones)

What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Repurpose Madison Square Mall

I'm told we can't have Metro Government per se, and we need it as we grow East-West north of the TN River. So, lets create a "virtual Metro Government" in a refurbished and repurposed Madison Square Mall with its four large anchor store structures. Call it something like "Metro Central". Its a centralized place where all of Madison County's interests can be "coordinated" and many of its daily functions can "operate". ...more »

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(@mseeley)

What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Cable Park for Watersports

Not many communities have a cable park. Cable parks are built on a about a 10 acre lake and pull water skiers, wakeboards, knee boards etc. There are only few around the country but the number is growing. It operates via cheap clean electricity. People will drive for hours to be pulled at a cable park. It would be a regional attraction with economic benefits. A great place for the youth to hang out, get exercise ...more »

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(@larry.mason)

What is your favorite BIG Picture idea for Huntsville

Develop plan for getting High-speed fiber optic internet access

I've said it before, but it is worth repeating, the argument for why Huntsville needs high-speed fiber access to the internet is all but won, the question is how are we going to work at getting it. In my opinion, it is time to stop going to Mayor Battle and other civic leaders with the hope that they can "give us fiber." Rather is is time to go not to ask for the pie, but to ask for a plan on how to get the pie. Here ...more »

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