What We’re Reading: November 2016

What We’re Reading: November 2016

In this edition: A Complete Streets update; walkable retirement communities; Bikeshare is coming. 

Meridian St. in Huntsville. Photo credit: James Vandiver

Around the Web

Why Huntsville, AL Wants to Build More Complete Streets.” Smart Growth America, August 9, 2016

Smart Growth America held a two-day Complete Streets Workshop in Huntsville this past summer, and for the next year will be assisting the City with the implementation of a Complete Streets policy. The City submitted a progress update to Smart Growth America, linked at the bottom of this article.

How to Sell Missing Middle Housing to Neighbors.” CNU Public Square, September 28, 2016 

Allowing missing middle housing in and around single-family residential neighborhoods isn’t a very popular idea at first glance. Here’s how Atlanta is doing it.

The Future of Retirement Communities: Walkable and Urban.” New York Times, October 14, 2016 

More retirees are looking for walkable neighborhoods to live in– places where they can walk to, for example, the grocery store, and remain healthy and active.

Tech Jobs, Cheaper Housing: The New Silicon Cities.” Wall Street Journal, November 3, 2016 

This article highlights four mid-size cities as alternatives to high-cost tech hubs like Austin and the Bay Area. Huntsville was featured as one of these cities.

The City of Huntsville Launches Bike Share Program.” WHNT, November 8, 2016 

Next year, Huntsville will join the growing number of cities with a bike-share program. Downtown Blue Bikes will initially have six stations around downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.

Featured Video

Bike Sharing Comes to Downtown Huntsville.” City of Huntsville, November 8, 2016 

Here’s more information about Downtown Blue Bikes, including a map of bike stations:

Featured Book

Maker City” by Peter Hirshberg , Dale Dougherty, and Marcia Kadanoff. A book about the “maker movement”, and how it could transform cities in the not-so-distant future.

Know of something you would like to share? Email us at bigpicture@huntsvilleal.gov. Keep it planning-related, please.