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Posts Tagged ‘Central Parkway’

Beltline back on track

Posted by alalto on June 13, 2009

Well, I didn’t know that it was off track, but anywho. Apparently, it’s on the track that no one know it was off of…?

OK, well, construction is expected to start soon, and should move pretty quickly since it’s only like a mile long.

Unforunately, Phase III beginning will probably be delayed because talk about the proposed tunnel under the beltline for Central Parkway is being brought up again. Of course, I like the idea, it reduces traffic confusion, but I don’t like the fact that it might delay the beginning of Phase III. Oh well, we’ll see.

In other news, the Huntsville area was rated as a region for quick recovery from the recession by Forbes. It was joined on the list by cities like Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, and Fayetteville, AR.


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Posted by alalto on June 4, 2009

I’m sorry for my absence. There honestly has not been much going on in the city as far as development goes. There is a small shopping center going up at the corner of Central Parkway and 14th Street.

I’m also working on making a map of the city with various regions identified, just a little pet project or something. Also, I’m going to try to make a map of all the development going on.

So, I’ll post those links when I’m finished with them.

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Some stuff

Posted by alalto on May 23, 2009

Yea, I couldn’t come up with a creative name for this post…

Anyways, anyone know what is going on at the corner of 14th Street and Central Parkway??? I know that there’s obviously a shopping center being built, per the sign out there. But, I never heard any mention of this in the paper or anything. Of course, I’m sure that if I had been reading the council meeting minutes, I’d know, but still…

Other stuff, the Jubilee is in town! I’m hoping that this isn’t a down year, because the city really needs a good tourism year to help make up some deficits that it’s facing.

There really isn’t anything else going on, so, I’ll let everyone go!

OH! We now have our THIRD member on the forum!!!!!! I know, it’s just three, but it’s better than just one or two! Anyways, we need more people to join it so that we can actually start having conversations on it, so it might become interesting! So, here’s the link to it! Go join!

LiveDecatur!!!! Forum

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District 2 race, MorgCo Health Department, and school board elections

Posted by alalto on August 3, 2008

There are five men seeking the seat of the city council District 2.   Of all of them, I did not see a GREAT candidate other than incumbent David Bolding and an unexpected visionary by the name of Jack Gresseman.  The others were less than impressive and seemed to steer away from being partisan on the questions that were asked.  Surprisingly, Gresseman only has a high school diploma and works at the Target Distribution Center in Limestone County.  

I was impressed with Gresseman’s answers though.  He had some pretty good things to say.  He proposed building up entertainment venues in the Sweetwater area of Decatur and constructing a sky lift between Sweetwater and Point Mallard.  That is something that could be really successful IMO.  I remember going to Point Mallard as a little kid and when we were finished swimming, we ALWAYS wanted to go get ice cream.  I have a feeling that a lot of people still feel this way, so people could just hop on the sky lift and head to Sweetwater and maybe go to Coldstone or Marble Slab.  I think it’s an AMAZING idea.

I liked Gresseman, Bolding, and James Tardy’s ideas about downtown redevelopment the best.  Gresseman proposed attracting more bars and eateries downtown to create more foot traffic.  Bolding discusses bringing more employees and students in, which I think is the key to a downtown’s success these days.  And Tardy is a business owner on 2nd Avenue, so I think his insight would be invaluable.

The MorgCo Commission is entering the hunt to aid the MorgCo Health Department find land for a new facility.  Sites being looked at are the Wallace Center on US 31 S in Decatur, sites in Hartselle, and a site along Old Moulton Road, in Moulton Heights, just outside the Decatur city limits.  

I think the Old Moulton Road site would be best.  The property is just outside of Decatur, and the annexation of this property for the health department would aid in annexation processes of the Moulton Heights area, which is a large and moderately populated area of Morgan County that is almost completely surrounded by the city of Decatur.  

District 1 race candidates are making dropouts and a central high school their number 1 platforms.  Mainly discussed was the idea of a central high school.  Personally I like the idea, but the costs would be enormous and there is really no where inside the city where you could build one.  Maybe along Central Parkway, but that’s only if you tear down Decatur Utilities.  Other proposals were to add floors to proposed future buildings at Austin High and adding a third floor to Decatur.  Both of those ideas are the best IMO.  One of the candidates even suggested tearing down Ogle Stadium.  That would be nothing short of pure stupidity.  There’s too much tradition in that stadium.  

Wow, that was a long post.  I still haven’t come up with that catchy slogan, I promise I’ll get back to yah.

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