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Old 04-23-2010, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Denver,CO
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My husband, young son, and I were downtown last night and for the first time in a while it felt like I was in a real city! We decided to go to Sam & Greg's for some Gelato. We ended up sitting outside to enjoy the nice weather. There were tons of people doing the same! When we got home I checked out Sam & Greg's website and this was there Marketplace on the Square

I was so excited that someone else is trying to get people to see how fantastic our downtown could be that I had to start this thread. It would be awesome if more people would support these ideas or come up with their own websites to get our city officials to see the potential Huntsville's downtown has.

Unfortunately, we will be moving in August, but have family here and most likely will end up back here. There are so many wonderful things about Huntsville, I hope when we return we won't want to leave
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Old 04-23-2010, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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The Huntsville Times and James's Huntsville Development News website (and even KE) have updates on downtown construction and development. For example, a couple months ago there was a story on the expansion of the downtown zone. Constellation (while not exactly downtown) is progressing.

Still, there are competing interests to develop outside of downtown too, we read about this all the time on City-Data.
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Old 04-23-2010, 05:16 PM
 
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I love to walk around the square in downtown Huntsville on Saturday or Sunday. Its so peaceful and you can really study to architecture> We like Sam & Greg's too.
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Old 04-23-2010, 05:17 PM
 
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Things are slowly beginning to take shape downtown. A lively downtown is essential for viable city.
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Old 04-24-2010, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Huntsville native
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The Constellation development should be a big deal for downtown. The removal of public housing that is also ongoing downtown frees up more areas for development and reduces crime in the area. And finally, there are rumblings of the Stars baseball team being forced by the parent club (Milwaukee Brewers) to build a new stadium and downtown is high on the list. And city leaders are actively recruiting for a developer to build a "signature building" for downtown. At least there seems to be a real effort to focus on improving downtown now. Now if only the courthouse could get a facelift, the building itself. I call that thing the "Death Star."
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Old 04-24-2010, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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there are rumblings of the Stars baseball team being forced by the parent club (Milwaukee Brewers) to build a new stadium and downtown is high on the list.
There was an article in the HTimes a few months ago on the disappointment by the parent club with the Stars and/or the stadium and/or the fan attendance. Is the assumption that if a downtown stadium was built, the attendance would increase? If not, and the community remains as apathetic as it is, it would seem investing in a huge stadium would be very risky.
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Old 04-24-2010, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Denver,CO
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Ha! Deesonic, the "death star" is an awesome name for that ridiculous building. The courthouse definitely needs to be renovated to match the surrounding architecture or better yet removed completely so that downtown can have a pedestrian friendly square. I also agree with Charles. Shouldn't the city focus on attracting people downtown first with restaurants & retail? Most people I know, including myself, think baseball is a dying sport. So, yes a stadium downtown seems like a huge waste of money to me.
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