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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 »
Just a brainstorm: Strategically buy out some blighted areas/ neighborhoods of North Huntsville and revitalize them with new upscale housing areas, amenities, shopping, and new schools in order to begin the process of socio-economic integration. The shiney new neighborhoods may look like islands at first, but then they can begin to sprawl and revitalize the entire area socio-economically. Make sure throughout the process ...more »
Perhaps Huntsville City/Madison County Schools would be interested in partnering with one of the local colleges to create a Career Center program where high school juniors and seniors (who qualify) can be bused to the college for half day career training programs that make them entry-level ready for certain technical jobs upon high school graduation. Example from another state: http://jacksoncisd.schoolwires.com/Domain/90 ...more »