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Media Advisory
October 12, 2014
(Huntsville, AL) - Houses age. Shops close. Parking lots empty. Cities all across America experience this up-and-down cycle. What can a city do? Join us for the next BIG Picture Citizens Academy III on Neighborhood Revitalization on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m., Ernest L. Knight Center, 4900 Meridian Street, at Alabama A & M University.

The City’s Planning Department will discuss tools to help reverse and mitigate these trends, strategies that can promote reinvestment, and ways to create public and private partnerships that encourage new and better development. While any community may experience a downturn, every community CAN take steps forward toward revitalization.

Two guest speakers will talk about why disinvestment occurs, how redevelopment works, and what a community can do to set itself up for the future. Afterward, the public may participate in breakout sessions to discuss what we’ve heard and look at places where we can start taking action.

The BIG Picture is Huntsville’s 18-month a comprehensive master planning effort to examine how the community will support growth and development, and to have a dialogue about what we want our city to look like in the coming decades. A big part of this study is looking at how we revitalize struggling parts of our city, and how we proactively prevent disinvestment from occurring in neighborhoods that are at this point very stable and healthy.

We hope you will join us at this important event on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Ernest L. Knight Center on the campus of Alabama A & M.

For more information visit bigpicturehuntsville.com and give us your thoughts and ideas at imaginehuntsville.com.


Economic Development Questions
"Old and underperforming shopping centers can be found in every community in the United States, and Huntsville is no exception. How can the public sector and private sector work together to revitalize these blighted properties?"

"The way we design and build our shops, our offices, and our industry is evolving. Commercial development is decentralizing, getting smaller, and more flexible. How are these changes going to affect the way we shop, the way we work, the way we create and the way we move around in the future?"

"The demographics of our country - and our city - are changing. We're getting older, we're getting more diverse, and the new workforce is entering a radically different market. How are these trends transforming our culture, families, homes, work, and money? How does that affect the ways in which we plan for and create our communities?"

"Design guidelines come in many forms and serve an array of functions. They can address anything from building design to parking and landscaping, and they can be narrow or broad in scope. How can design guidelines benefit the community, and what are some of the challenges associated with them? A panel of local developers and designers will discuss."


For more information, contact Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov

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