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In case it has gone unnoticed, the inter changes between Research Park Blvd and Highway 565 Near Bridge Street shopping center have become increasingly dangerous. The single lane exit ramp design for both the Madison and Huntsville exits has grown particularly scary with long traffic jams and Huntsville bound drivers swerving in last minute to avoid waiting for Madison bound traffic. This might be solved through creating ...more »
If developing countries can do it, why can’t we? When I served in a developing country in Africa and had no vehicle, I managed to quite efficiently and affordably get around major cities through a network of mini van transportation, which regularly served smaller communities for transport to larger hubs with bus lines. Some smaller cities were served this way by private contractors, who agreed to run any regular routes ...more »
How is it that Huntsville sites associated with the pursuit of the first lunar landing are not included as an national historical landmark with the National Park Service, like the Manhattan Project sites including this one in Tennessee: https://www.nps.gov/mapr/oakridge.htm
Would this be of interest and local benefit to pursue?
I recently attended a presentation where I learned that the Humphreys-Rogers House (an historical home once owned by David Campbell Humphreys, a Federal Judge from Huntsville who served during the Civil War era and moved via truck from the Coca-Cola factory area to where it now is in use across the street from City Hall) was once furnished by a past curator from the Early Works Museum with the original furniture belonging ...more »
Has any thought been given to creating a nice, wide, pedestrian overpass to connect both sides of big Spring Park? It could not only be functional, but could be a landmark if designed to allow space (maybe could be used by a small vendor--think Venice, Italy bridge). It would also be very useful for events like Panoply, and if another event were planned to close that section of Church (like Slide the City) it could be ...more »
There is an especially interesting clip in this article about the turn around of Chattanooga:
Impose a hefty tax on properties in major downtown areas that sit vacant, blighted, or undeveloped as proposed, for longer than 6 months, not being utilized for greater public good, in order to encourage the owners to either sell at a fair market price, develop as promised, or create a temporary garden or park environment on the land in the interim. Enough holding the public/city/progress hostage for selfish profiteering. ...more »
The low rate carnival currently posing as a fair is lame. It is also unsanitary to have no bathrooms and no hand washing facilities or even hand sanitizers available were food is being served. Shut it down!
Huntsville, or the County, should create a man-made lake from one of the natural spring sources, divert some of the river water at Ditto Landing into a safe from current area, or flood a quarry to make a monitored, natural swimming park with slide bouncy features like this one:
Huntsville needs to utilize its great local artist base to integrate locally-themed sculptures, mosaics, fountains, murals, etc. into the new downtown developments. Otherwise, as places they will just be newly designed strip malls, only as endearing a landmark as the novelty that will wear out before they are paid for. Great cities have great art that serves as landmarks (not generic landmarks like, Publix or the latest ...more »
We should find a corporate sponsor to install a local-technology-themed indoor play area for kids in the airport gate hall. I have seen such areas getting good use in other airports while families are waiting to board, and just because it is for use by kids dorsn't mean it can't be interesting for adults to look at too.
What is it about upscale shopping areas that makes them appear so much more appealing than other parts of town with the exact same stores?? Trees. The trees and landscaping serve to visually unify an otherwise similar hodge-podge of chain stores. University Drive from the Parkway west would be a completely different place with a tree makeover along the road to unify the aesthetic. There are some properties on that strip ...more »