An important aspect of any high-functioning transportation network is ‘modal variety’: options for how citizens get around town. This might be on foot, by bike, car or transit. Providing many different means of transportation helps get the most out of the built infrastructure, and ensures effectiveness as a community grows.
The ability of goods and services to move within and beyond a region, the ease and efficiency of commutes, and the connections among businesses and consumers all rely on a high-functioning transportation network.
During the latter half of the 20th century, agriculture found itself pushed farther and farther away from the consumer. However, improvements in technology and how we understand our own food chain have changed how we view farming.
In discussing a vision for the future of Huntsville, it is rare that the talk turns to zoning and land use. However, the way in which a community regulates growth has a very real impact on the nature of new development and redevelopment. Zoning is not something that typically excites the imagination. However, ensuring that zoning is not only consistent with, but supportive of, modern market-driven development is one of the most effective methods for shaping a community’s built environment.