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The northern end of Slaughter Road (at 72) got fixed and it is a big improvement. Now it's time to fix the south end. This termination point has several big issues: 1) The Norfolk Southern rail line has an at grade crossing. By itself it's not really a problem when a train is passing through, but when it is slowing to stop the road can be blocked for a long time with no place for cars to turn around and reroute to ...more »
West 72 through "Madison" is an ugly mish-mash of power lines, signage, banners, lawn signs and advertising flags. Whether you think of it as the east entrance to Madison, or the west entrance to Huntsville, the highway is a very poor first impression. A few years ago, the appearance of 72 came up as a major public concern during the Madison planning sessions. While changing what's there would be a very difficult undertaking, ...more »
$4 million to move Belk across town and drive another nail in the coffin of Madison Square Mall $3 million for Cabela's $8 million for Whole Food $14.5 million for Remington Small businesses employ 50% of the private workforce and create 97% of all exports. They make over half of all retail sales, and 65% of net new jobs come from small businesses. If the city can spend millions on big businesses that often pay at ...more »
The Clinton Row Project, with the exception of the convenience store, has basically become an artist sales outlet. This goes to show that: 1) Lowe Mill is at capacity 2) Not all artists fit in the hippy-funky vibe at Lowe Mill 3) Not all customers dig the hippy-funky vibe at Lowe Mill 4) Not all artists, even if they could get into Lowe Mill, are interested in working in that kind of public warehouse atmosphere. ...more »
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 »
I recently visited another botanical garden, and they had hours in the evening during the summer reserved for cyclists in the warm season. If we did that here, it would provided a much needed opportunity for families to bike in safety
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.
The Big Spring Park walkway ends at an ugly mess. The railroad trestle is probably problematic regarding extending the walkway, but the usability for downtown residents and visitors would be enhanced if connections were made to the post office and Spring Hill Suites.
Big Spring Park is a Huntsville gem, but the chain link fencing around the Huntsville Municipal Building is an eyesore. I'm not sure why it's there -- it can't be providing any real security -- but either it needs to go or a more permanent (and less ugly) solution installed.
In numerous cities in the country, abandoned lots have been turned into productive spaces for growing fruits and vegetables. Some date from WWII, some date from the 1970's and some are just getting started. Gardening provides modest exercise for all ages, improves the diet of participants, and "redeveloping" abandoned land can help strengthen community ties and improve the quality of life for residents. I think ...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.
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 »