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.
The City needs to provide more public restrooms in the downtown area to support the increased events and activities.
Greenways are shown to increase physical activity and boost local businesses. It is a economical way to enjoy the outdoors, commute, and exercise.
A municipal bike and walking path connecting the south-east neighborhoods to downtown would be used by thousands of Huntsvilleians. Restaurants, shopping, commuting, and parks would be accessible by bike and walking. Across the nation, many cities are adding pedestrian trails next to their railroad tracks. And Huntsville has a perfect track for such a trail. Lets get some of the Federal money set aside for ...more »
Extend beyond the farmer's market to have an event for the entire community and local businesses. The art walks one time a month showed people are interested in getting downtown and becoming involved in the local economy. Have weekly markets that include multiple businesses, arts, and crafts that the community can engage in.
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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
The city has given tax breaks to large developments such as Bridge Street and Parkway Place. The same can be done for downtown. The square is doing great, so now the surrounding blocks need to be concentrated on. The city government could give incentives for commercial ventures (not lawyer offices!) to open in storefronts downtown the same way they provide for the big shopping venues previously. It's still going to ...more »
The lovely recreational walkway alongside Big Spring extends from downtown but abruptly ends at Heart of Huntsville. If that walkway could be extended to Memorial and small shops permitted along the route, it could connect to Huntsville Hospital and the new hotel, offering more walkability for downtown residents and workers as well as shopping/food options during downtown events.
So this is a little eccentric, but Huntsville has a lot of eye pollution. Perhaps burying power lines is a solution.
Maybe start with all new lines and progress to burying all lines. that would remove almost all the unsightly visual pollution along the parkway and major roads.
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 »
Aldridge Creek Greenway expansion northward should continue to be a priority. Linking the southern neighborhoods to the Target shopping area will be loved by all riders in SE Huntsville.
There is a wonderful set of planned greenways already drawn up. Unfortunately, only a fairly small percentage of them have actually been completed. If Huntsville were to complete the proposed greenways and connect them via some dedicated cycling corridors (or additional greenways) we could have a premiere biking/pedestrian infrastructure. Connecting this system to Research Park and other major areas of commerce like the ...more »
Huntsville being such a technology oriented city should have Gigabit internet access like Chattanooga and other cities in the US. Huntsville has companies such as ADTRAN that develop and build the components for that infrastructure. Huntsville Utilities could venture in that direction, Chattanooga's electric company's smart grid converstion led to their Gigabit speeds. It seems only natural that since Huntsville has ...more »
Use the tracks already installed along the parkway as a comuter train to the civic center. The infrastructre is already in place and park and ride stations could be installed due to the fact that the powerlines are already there with no development. You could also lease the track that runs out towards the airport and have stops for UAH and the airport. Something I have been thinking about for years as the public transport ...more »
Huntsville and the surrounding area has a great greenway master plan. (http://www.huntsvilleal.gov/gis/greenways_new/pdfs/GreenwaysPlan2006.pdf) We need to prioritize extending this system, especially the routes that can be used for alternate transportation in higher density areas, around schools and connecting to neighborhood retail. Extending the greenway out in Hampton Cove has been the focus, and while that's a ...more »
Bicycle lanes are proven to improve safety, increase the number and demographics of cyclists, boost the economy along their routes, improve traffic flow, and have minimal maintenance costs. Currently we have little signs creating 'bike' lanes. This needs to be expanded.
Repurpose Joe Davis Stadium or use the land that the stadium currently occupies as an Ampitheater. There is already easy access to the site via Memorial Parkway. Parking is also already available. This would be a great supplement to a newly renovated John Hunt Park as well as a new viable source of entertainment for Huntsville and surrounding areas.
Huntsville is a classic example of Suburban Sprawl. We are so car dependent that rising oil prices will kill this town. Let's get alternate transit options for all these many neighborhoods that can't get anywhere reasonably without a car. The Southeast and Alabama are falling far behind all of these other far-sighted adaptable cities. There are many examples and resources to be had if we simply try, and help or aid can ...more »