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.
While internet users in the US struggle with expensive and slow connections provided by cable corporations, Chattanooga, Tennessee's fiber-optic network, "The Gig", is a taxpayer-owned public utility that boasts internet speeds 50 times faster than the rest of the country. This would be a BOOM to the economy. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/04/technology/fast-internet-service-speeds-business-development-in-chattanooga.html?_r=1... more »
The overhead utility lines along main routes take a lot away from just how pretty Huntsville really is, especially for newcomers.
Relocating these underground for future development and phasing out/moving older lines over time by burying them will help beautify Huntsville tremendously (just sayin')
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 »
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.
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 »
Before moving to Huntsville, I lived in another mid-sized city with an extensive bike trail network leading to the heart of downtown and spreading out to surrounding suburbs and county areas. It was AMAZING. The paths allowed for people to bike, walk or scoot all over the city and surrounding populous areas. This reduced road congestion, cut commute times and pollution and encouraged a "side industry" of bike shops, scooter... more »
A Downtown movie theatre would be a great draw for Huntsville. Even a small theatre would encourage foot traffic and "date/family nights" in the heart of the city. As a bonus, design the theatre to have an "old time" look and feel (at least on the exterior.) Retro is the new cool. So, maybe make it a throw-back to the classic theatres that once existed here? And for those saying, "Oh, only private industry can bring... more »
Let's cover some of our parking lots with solar panel roofs. It would provide shelter for the cars to park under and would be a space saving way to create solar-generated power. Also, solar power enhances Huntsville's progressive, forward-thinking image.
There is an artificial beach across the river from Triana that is hugely popular. If we had a beach on the river in Huntsville it would be HUGELY popular. How can we be given such a great God given gift like the Tennessee River and do so little with it? Hobbs Island would be a great option for a location but across 231 from Ditto landing might work or even across from the river, but that would put it outside the city.... more »
People walk on them. They are made of concrete and many Huntsville streets don't have them. How about we build som before we start building skyscrapers and mass transit. No one in the California street neighborhoods can walk to the brand new publix, or any of the new stuff in the medical district. Hundreds of families that would walk to Starbucks, or the local restaurants by whitesburg, or go to the park on California,... more »
Get a light rail, most major metros that are serious about being green have one. Servicing the airport, Bridge Street, SE Huntsville.
Five Points retail looks like a ghetto. Big ideas are great, but how about putting some creative energy into things we already have. The city is good about controlling residential property in Five Points while the retail falls into ruination. It is time to implement some zoning guidelines for Five Points retail development to go along with the residential ones.
The first sight visitors see coming off of I-565 onto the Parkway are billboards, signs and power lines. There's nothing inviting about it. Beautify Huntsville by removing or changing the signs. Through effective planning and landscaping, this change could be a major enhancement and draw to the city. Planned cities throughout the U.S. might offer insight into how to go about effectively making changes.
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 »