What We’re Reading: June 2017

What We’re Reading: June 2017

In this edition: Bathroom supplies in the street; “super commuting” is on the rise again; the Downtown Master Plan update is wrapping up. 

San Francisco, California. A spike in housing prices in the Bay Area in recent years has forced many workers to commute longer distances. Photo credit: James Vandiver

Around the Web

Guerrilla Toilet Plunger Bike Lanes are a Trend.” Bicycling Magazine, May 16, 2017 

Bicyclists in some cities are using plumbing supplies to separate bike lanes from vehicle traffic. (For the record– We do not endorse the idea of using household items in lieu of proper traffic equipment.)

In Most States, a Spike in ‘Super Commuting’.“ Pew Stateline blog, June 5, 2017

The improving economy and an increase in housing prices have led to a return of “super commuting”, or commuters whose travel time to work is greater than 90 minutes. Alabama is one of the few states where super commuting decreased between 2010 and 2015.

Revealing the new Downtown Master Plan.“ City of Huntsville, June 15, 2017

The Downtown Master Plan consultant is wrapping up the update to the plan. Be on the lookout for more documents later this summer on this website and the City’s website.

Garden Feeds Some of Dallas’ Most Vulnerable Homeless People.“ Dallas Morning News, June 21, 2017

A community garden in Dallas is being used to help feed the homeless in the city.

Arts and Culture Produce $89.9 Million in Economic Activity in Madison County.“ AL.com, June 27, 2017

Our arts community has a large impact on the region’s economy.

Featured Video

VBC Expansion Proposal.” City of Huntsville, June 26, 2017

This month, the VBC unveiled a proposal for a major expansion to the North Hall, including a ballroom and music hall. Here is their presentation to the City Council:

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