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Can't remember if somebody has posted about this before, but what about giving temporary employment to the homeless, possibly under the city? They can then help with beautifying the city, gardening, picking up litter, etc. Here's an example of what another city has done along this line: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/08/11/this-republican-mayor-has-an-incredibly-simple-idea-to-help-the-homeless-and-it-seems-to-be-working/ ...more »
Is there a way to have incentives for keeping mature trees when redesigning an area? Developers (or possibly the city) seem to have a habit of removing nice, big, old trees, and putting in dinky, little, new ones. However, it is the mature trees (to me at least) that ground a landscape, provide large amounts of shade and clean air, give places to sit and read or have a picnic, etc.
This isn't strictly a "Huntsville" issue, but this is the only local forum I know of. It would be great to have a single place to see all city/county/state/education government type jobs. Currently, I have to go to the individual entities website to see whether they have a clerk job, for example, and I never know if I'm missing or forgetting one. As far as I know, the below list includes all the different entities, but ...more »
The bus stop in front of Calhoun (by the new north entrance from Wynn Dr) should be moved closer to one of the building entrances. It's quite a long walk between the bus stop and one of the buildings, especially if someone has a disability.
Is there a way the city can build and/or promote more green parks with shade trees, flower beds, walking trails, etc?
When I search for parks in Huntsville, I basically only see ball parks. While not bad, these don't beautify the city.
To see how this has been done locally, check out Decatur's parks.
Is there anything that can be done about the major speeding issues in Huntsville? Many Huntsville drivers (50% or more) seem to be constantly speeding on our roads by going at least 5-10 mph over the speed limit. Many of the violators are also company vehicles of some kind. Is there a way this issue can be addressed with a specific focus on the official vehicles?
Is there some way that Huntsville can encourage the owners of some of the older shopping centers to keep their parking lots maintained? Several of these places (along University Dr, for example) have parking lots that are riddled with potholes.
Is there to take the current railroad lines downtown and start a trolley or something? Maybe start at the depot and give some tours of Huntsville using the trolley?
And whatever you do, be sure to leave that old wooden trestle by the embassy suites. It may or may not be historic, but its cool factor is very high!!
Is there a way we can make that concrete riverbed something attractive instead of something we just pretend we don't see?
My Big Picture Idea is to get more people in the city on Imagine Huntsville, and talking about ideas. I'm not sure how many people are active on here right now, but imagine if we had just 50 people active, submitting ideas, commenting, tweaking ideas, etc. This forum could really go places.
All that to say, do y'all have any ideas for promoting the site?
It would be great if the Huntsville metro area had an interstate loop going around it. Not quite sure how practical it would be to do given that the city has evolved more as a spider web.