Private home, community center, library, historic archive? What would you like to see and how would you fund it?
Would you like to see loft apartments or condos, an arts center, another school? What are your ideas?
It must have been a 60's thing but the beautiful classic courthouse was bulldozed and replaed by one of the ugliest structures of our time. People giving directions to the Courthouse often say, "Look for the big black box." Outside, it is falling to disrepair with "do not enter" signs, broken fixtures, locked black doors, and a depressing interior. Move the County offices which could free up more storefronts for commercial... more »
Let’s add a category: "County Courthouse." Either the epicenter of downtown is a government center surrounded by lawyer’s offices or it is an entertainment, small shops and living zone--but the two do not easily mix. Rows of attorney offices hardly project the idea of "fun" and the dilapidated and overwhelming monstrosity of a courthouse is the white elephant in the room. We are trying to re-purpose around it without... more »
Create an “Arts Bank” arts and entertainment venue on Huntsville’s downtown square in the historic Regions Bank Building. Utilize the historic Regions Bank building to provide a critical programming venue to draw Huntsvillians and tourists alike to downtown entertainment, restaurants, and retail. With programmatic leadership from The Arts Council and its member arts and cultural groups, this City-owned venue could... more »
Create Bike lanes (Netherlands style) that connect Downtown to Ditto Landing, and Downtown to Madison. Allow a bike riding family the pleasure of riding the entire city by bike using protected bike lanes. Extend the existing linear parks. Put a Rail-Trail in next to Memorial Park Highway. Do more for Huntsville families that ride bikes.
Big Spring Jam has failed to be a success for years. The last time I remember going and actually enjoying it was 10 years ago! Instead of trying to do another jam or replace it Huntsville should get some big name bands to play the concerts in the park! There could be food and other vendors. Have a different band play in the park every Saturday in May! I know this sounds like panoply, but this could be a lot better than... more »
Florence can do it, Guntersville can, Nashville, Chattanooga and Memphis can... Why not Huntsville? Let's improve our riverfront! A great first step would some lovely parks for families, children and dogs.
A few years ago the HSV chamber visited Austin Texas to get ideas about what to do on HSV. Recall this visit and the 4th 6th street areas, lots great restaurants, places where bands can play, entertainment, stores, etc... and block off the street on the weekend and have festivals there as well. Austin does it up right
Greenways are shown to increase physical activity and boost local businesses. It is a economical way to enjoy the outdoors, commute, and exercise.
Build a small downtown baseball stadium... like birmingham, chattanooga, montgomery, memphis, and so on.
The City needs to provide more public restrooms in the downtown area to support the increased events and activities.
As the Belk Hudson Lofts and other downtown improvements are beging to take shape Huntsville should start thinking about a long range plan to improve and develop a river walk greenway from Church ST (by the dog park) that follows the river all the way to the Lowe Mill. An attractive usable river front that connects the down town to Lowe Mill Arts Center will encourage the redevelopment of the properties (now old defunct... more »
Don't we have enough artists in the area to turn the Electrical Sub-station into an art project? I doubt Huntsville Utilities would let anyone screw around on the inside... but can't we screen it creatively? Ideas? Do we need a place to submit drawings and proposals?
You can feel the positive vibe that exists in our great downtown. From the successes of the Green Street Market, the Sidewalk Arts Stroll, and the numerous parades and events, there are many to thank for this. It's been almost six years since I presented the following concept, so I thought with all the recent activity downtown, and the tireless efforts of so many, including the great work of the Arts Council, the downtown... more »