For decades, sidewalks were a common sight in front of houses and meandering among neighborhoods. The practice of installing them fell by the wayside, however, for several decades as neighborhoods and town centers became designed more for the automobile.
When we talk about having options within our transportation network, one of the most effective ways to add choice is to accommodate bicycling. Unfortunately, many cities – Huntsville included – didn’t take cycling into account during their growth, and are having to retrofit existing networks to suit the increase in bicycling demand.
It’s been said countless times: Huntsvillians love their greenways. What often follows is that they’d like to see even more of them. Longer trails, more connections, and more places to go. There are many opportunities to create a broader network… the challenge is how to do it both quickly and effectively.
The BIG Picture started by looking at city-wide concerns: traffic, development, job growth, economy, etc. As the process proceeds, the planning effort will focus on areas that need more specific study and design. These are referred to as “Small Area Plans”, or SAPs.
During the latter half of the 20th century, many commercial shopping developments were built in Huntsville. Millions of square feet of retail came online in the metro area. However, new centers didn’t always bring new retail, often serving as relocation sites for existing shops and services.