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There tends to be general agreement that sprawl and car-oriented sub-divisions are a drain on the tax revenues and city budgets. There seems to be a movement to increase density in some neighborhoods and in the city in general. This is particularly evident in the older inner-core neighborhoods. There has been good progress made in improving the walkability and quality of life in many of those inner-core places. Unfortunately, ...more »
One way to encourage building renovations and incremental development in neighborhoods, while discouraging land speculation and derelict buildings, i.e. encouraging the highest and best use of parcels is to implement a split tax rate on property. Sometimes called a Land Value Tax the idea is to tax the land at a greater percentage of the total evaluation than the improvement. While I realize that the property tax system ...more »
Many cities and several states are investigating the feasibility of establishing public banks. Using public capital to provide reserves for a public bank is a good way to leverage reserves on hand to loan money to public infrastructure projects and to help fund loan programs for local entrepreneurial startups administered through loan agencies. The interest on the loans goes back into the public coffers and thus saves ...more »
A good pedicab costs about $3,500. Would be a good way to move people between the craft beer taprooms and other cool locations, is there any public policy issues that would hinder such entrepreneurial enterprises in the downtown and inner core areas of Huntsville?
It would seem to me that just a small amount of design and fairly inexpensive improvements to Seminole Dr would make that street feel a lot safer and more pleasant to add walkability between Governors and Lowe Mill, that is NOT a bad neighborhood just could use a little TLC, if you know what I mean. Some street lighting, trees, and furniture would do wonders, and encourage more neighborhood commerical.
As the Big Picture plan is approved and Huntsville begins the implementation phase, it might be a good time to rationalize and have a look at how the city might make zoning and zoning codes more understandable and accessible to citizens. Form based code practices can be as hard to understand as the alphabet soup variety. Fine grain zoning practices can help shape neighborhoods but often are not easy to understand. Some ...more »
Make it easier to see where buses are in near real-time giving riders a better sense of how long they will have to wait for a bus and the ability to plan trips better.
In my opinion our region, Huntsville Metro needs to have a strong citizen transportation advocacy organization. There have been several pro-transit, biking and pedestrian posts on this idea forum. But we all come across as individual suggestions. Imagine if we got together and formed a group that could have coordinated messaging, events and actionable options. We could help to do research into new technology for transit ...more »
A transit oriented development to attract retail and place making merchants and hosts on a sight like the the Constellation.
As part of the Big Picture comprehensive plan, it would be great to see the city's vision for a contiguous network of neighborhoods. Many neighborhoods have natural boundaries and in many cases a sense of place. Neighborhoods should be small enough to be walkable, and should some place that serves as a node or a hub, be it for transit or small scale neighborhood commercial.
An elevated pedestrian and bicycle round-about over the horrible intersection at Governors and Memorial Pkwy... With ramps instead of stairs so bicycles can ascend and decend. Some example can be found here: (I hope this link works) https://www.google.com/search?q=elevated+pedestrian+and+bicycle+roundabouts&espv=2&biw=1347&bih=640&tbm=isch&imgil=TGM1rWu07oP9-M%253A%253B4emc77knQpeHtM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fsingletrackworld.com%25252Fforum%25252Ftopic%25252Famazing-new-dutch-cycle-facility-this-is-how-you-deal-with-a-roundabout&source=iu&pf=m&fir=TGM1rWu07oP9-M%253A%252C4emc77knQpeHtM%252C_&usg=__Gk3iqC62LMfTK_tYbv7gVP4xpI4%3D&ved=0CCkQyjdqFQoTCISEqtOj2cgCFYzwJgodwXQLhQ&ei=2oMqVoSvFYzhmwHB6a2oCA#imgrc=j7OIkg1yaAljWM%3A&usg=__Gk3iqC62LMfTK_tYbv7gVP4xpI4%3D ...more »
With all due respect for the genius of Cecil Ashburn, the Parkway was designed in the 1950's as a route around the downtown area. Today it is in the middle of downtown and effectively destroys the walkability of the city between courthouse square, Big Spring Park, Lowe Mill and what will be the cool new Stone Middle Brew Park. Since this is a long range comprehensive plan I hope we can take this opportunity to rethink ...more »