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By request here is a forum for the Huntsville Decatur area. Please Enjoy!

Hehe, we realllllly appreciate this!! :D:D

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My wife and I may be moving to Huntsville in a year or so I was wondering if you guys could post some cool pics of the area for me to check out.. I'm From Shreveport Bossier Louisiana.. here we have trees mud dirty water casinos and crime.. lol

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Well, we have trees....

One of the forumers on here has a website with a lot of great pics of Huntsville. Check it out. And good luck on the move. Huntsville's a great city.

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Well, we have trees....

One of the forumers on here has a website with a lot of great pics of Huntsville. Check it out. And good luck on the move. Huntsville's a great city.

looks like a beautiful city.. I can't wait to live in a city where I can go downtown to take pictures and actually feel safe! How is the nature there.. is there lots of hiking to do in the area?

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looks like a beautiful city.. I can't wait to live in a city where I can go downtown to take pictures and actually feel safe! How is the nature there.. is there lots of hiking to do in the area?

Huntsville has lots of hiking and nature in the area, even in the city limits. I believe it is one of the best attributes of the city. Monte Sano is a 2,000+ acre state park at the top of a hill (mountain if you are from the area) just 5 miles east of downtown. There are lots of hiking trails and the park is very popular with mountain bikers. My favorite area is the Stone Cuts. Green Mountain Nature Trail is in South Huntsville, about 15-20 minutes from downtown off Bailey Cove Road. Green Mountain is great, especially for families. There is a nice, small lake with about a 2.5 mile trail around it, with plenty of places for picnics. It even has a covered bridge, a replica log cabin and a small wedding chapel. Hays Nature Preserve is another very nice place for picnics, hiking, biking and horse riding. It is a couple miles past the Hampton Cove on US431, south of town. A portion of the trail is along the Flint River and there is a nice patch of Giant Tupelo trees. I've only done the short loop there, but there are several more miles of trails I haven't tried yet.

Outside of town, DeSoto State Park and Little River Canyon are about 1.5 hours east and provide lots of great hiking and beautiful natural surroundings. DeSoto Falls is beautiful and the Little River Canyon is up to 600 ft deep, and seems almost unknown outside the area. Additionally, I've been meaning to go to the Walls of Jericho on the Tenn border about 1 hour NE of here for a while. I have heard that is a great day hike. Of course, the Smokies are also approximately 4 hours away with all the hiking you could hope for. Those are the places I'm familiar with, however, I'm sure there is much more.

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Is it me, or did this forum die about the same time 20 different sub-forums were added? Coincidence?

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Is it me, or did this forum die about the same time 20 different sub-forums were added? Coincidence?

I guess so. There is no dedicated poster for this forum, and I'm not in the know. I enjoyed reading when someone had something interesting, and still do. Hopefully things pick up.

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Well, there isn't too much going on at the moment, except for Volkswagen. Most of the larger projects (Constellation, Harris Hill, Sweetwater, Wann Springs) are on hold right now until they are approved by their cities. The summer's a lull period for development announcements-- they're announced in the winter and built in the summer-- and with the bad economy it's worse this year.

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rnc you answered your own question awhile back, I would be more active in the Huntsville thread if something with some merrit ever happens in the CBD instead of hearing about a new Wal-Mart coming to town. It's like the City Leaders or who ever it is thinks that if there was not a height restriction that DT Huntsville will turn into Manhatten with a couple dozen thousand footers, now that would shade a neighborhood not what would realistically be built for a town our size. Sorry, I am not trying to be ugly, but nail meet hammer on your past post. Hopefully the height restrictions will be removed and we could have a few twenty+ story projects to talk about, and maybe outsiders will be able to tell where downtown Huntsville is after driving by it or even while being in it. Sorry I had to vent.

QUOTE (garrettmd08 @ Jun 11 2008, 08:30 PM)

I noticed huntsville's streetscape does not have a lot of infill housing development. I think infills help any city and would help huntsville define itself as a city and not a giant suburban strip mall oasis.

Huntsville is WAY behind the curve figuring out that infill development is very valuable to the city. They have meetings opposing 8 story buildings that "loom" and "cast shadows" but will beg developers to pave over 600 acres of farmland and trees to put in a bunch of tract homes and a Target 20 miles from downtown. Maybe gas prices will force people to rethink this kind of development. I don't know. I am not even a big "urbanist" but it kills me to see virtually empty surface parking lots downtown on a weekday. It just seems like a very wasteful use of land.

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UP in general has seen a decline in visitors. Possibly because of the economy. Possibly due to other factors. That may have been what happened here.

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A note to all the Huntsville forumers: This week I was assigned as the new moderator for this sub-forum, and over the next few days I'll be working on merging some of the many duplicate threads. If you see any obvious mistakes or have other concerns or ideas about the future development of the Huntsville sub-forum, please send me a PM. I'd love to hear from you. Thank you all for the effort that you've put into posting here, and I look forward to helping you continue to grow a great forum.

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My partner and I had the opportunity to stop in your city this past Memorial Day on the way back to Murfreesboro from a glorious beach vacation in Pensacola Beach. We love to shop and had never been to Huntsville, boy were we surprised with the growth and development. We used our android phones to find out where the T.J. Maxx's were and other mall stuff. As we merged from 65 to 565 East we started to rethink our decision to stop. The terrain was very rural and uninhabited. As we drove further into the city things started to make sense. The 565 interstate was wondderful to travel on unlike the choked interstates of Nashville and Murfreesboro. It was quite easy to navigate the city as we passed the space center and Research Park. The traffic was sparse and the weather was clear. As we approched 231 south/565 split we noticed the beautifully kept downtown. Although quite small, the view from the interstate gave us a clear picture of a city that is very clean and picturesque. As we mergeed onto 231, we were amazed by the progressive ingress/egress and relativety to the surrounding area. This area of 231 could easily be another interstate as highway 153 in Chattanooga serves its purpose. The 231 rose above intersections, kept a respectable 50 mph speed limit, and allowed easy access to businesses along the side streets. Murfreesboro could learn a lot form Huntsville with 231. Our 231 is seven lanes, however, there are way too many stop lights an traffic to make this road easy to use as an alternative interstate. Even our new loop is at grade; above grade will be necessary with future growth like Huntsville, but our city leaders are not progressive. As we arrived at the T.J. Maxx, we noticed it was an older part of town, but the staff was very friendly and the store was spotless. When we left the store we noticed the Rolex store and the Parkway Place mall. The buildings were very upscale and also easy to get to. We didn't stop at the mall because we were headed to the other T.J. Maxx on Highway 72. As we headed back onto 565 we exited on Highway 255, there was another nice development we passed called Bridge Street Town Center. This area seems to be another hot area in Huntsville. As we made our way to the other T.J. Maxx we passed our favorite grocery store Earthfare. We had to stop in for the gluten free carrot and chocolate cake. Everytime we are in Knoxville we always stop in at the store. The friendly nature and high end retail Huntsville had to offer really caugt us off guard. The developments and layout of the city are heavily influenced by Middle Tennessee unlike Birmingham and Montgomery. Those cities were very different from Huntsville in this respect and that is not a bad thing, just something I noticed. Huntsville, you welcomed us with open arms and you are truly first rate. Being only a little over an hour away, we will be back!

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