How can we improve Huntington?
MrNornal

Chesapeake, OH

#21 May 13, 2013
Bulldoze blighted neighborhoods and construct condos or town homes. Eliminate B&O tax and create incentives for small business and companies to locate within the city limits.

Get all landlords to paint and clean up their property.

There are plenty of things to do and see if you look in the paper.

Get tough on drugs and crime - let the druggies know it will not be tolerated.

Huntington is getting better. You can see it.
More_access

Catlettsburg, KY

#22 May 13, 2013
Huntington has gotten a lot better and quite rapidly. With Pullman square, the park updates and PATH. I'd like to see more connectivity between the neighborhoods and business areas.
wont work

Ashburn, VA

#23 May 13, 2013
Getting tougher on druggies will just end up costing more with no positive results. That's a whole other discussion tho.
easy solutions

Charleston, WV

#24 May 13, 2013
Camden Park is the only attraction here besides Marshall but it needs alot of work. Thats 1 thing. Rebuild Camden Park with new rides, lanscape, and alot bigger. If not, then its simple: More Walmarts and more Mcdonalds. Thats the only places that bring large amounts of money in continuously. Oh and maybe we can hang anyone caught here with a detroit i.d.since the largest dope supply is continuously arriving from there almost daily. Less higgers from detroit= less dope, less murders, alot lot less guns!! There ya go pass it along buddy boy!!
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BABYDOLL

Chesapeake, OH

#26 May 13, 2013
Get Candice Parsons skanky azz out. That would be improvement!!!! Beautify Htown!!!
Girl

United States

#27 May 13, 2013
We need something that will bring in people from around the TriState. Something different that can't be found within an hour radius. Here are some things I think would generate good business:

1) Aquarium.
2) Sports Zone- indoor/outdoor go karts, batting cages, rock climbing, basketball, mini golf/driving range, arcade, etc.
3) Trampoline Center- similar to a SkyZone (in Columbus). It would do great here and is fun for kids and teenagers!
4) COMMUNITY POOL- for goodness sake's, can our city not create a large, clean, secure pool? Look at Beech Fork, for example! Even a nice splash ground would be an improvement since we currently have nothing.
5) Affordable shopping downtown. There are too many expensive specialty shops and zero affordable clothing stores. It's a pain to go all the way to the mall for quality clothes.
6) Further expansion/improvement of the Riverfront. It would be great to have some kind of water sports rental place around the park! I think many people would take advantage of a place to rent boats, jet skis, kayaks/canoes, etc.
7) More emphasis on the growth of Heritage Village. There are some outstanding vendors there that don't get enough business!

I also think it's important for our city to clean up the trash- both literally and personably. Get the drugs and people associated with them OUT and clean up the streets by enforcing laws that state citizens must keep their properties in good shape. We need to establish a sense of community in our city again and get this revitalization rolling!
Artsy

Huntington, WV

#28 May 14, 2013
The above are all excellent ideas. I like the nicer shops recently opened downtown, tho, so I don't want to see them go. But I do agree it would be great if we could lure just one nice department store into all that empty real estate downtown. Used to be a Penney's and a Sears downtown, so something along those lines would be excellent. Don't need a Dollar store.

I'd love to see the Huntington Museum annex a building downtown. Make it part of the museum, reach out to the general community. Have art classes for all ages, sculpture, show films, small gardening projects for children, lectures, etc. I think that would really boost a feeling of culture and community.
More_access

Catlettsburg, KY

#29 May 14, 2013
There are several art classes being taught downtown already, In the building near heritage village.

I don't think there is the money in the community for a full on aquarium but a sports zone/trampoline center type thing would fly around here.

It is shocking that there isn't a pool anymore.
seems ok to me

Charleston, WV

#30 May 14, 2013
1. Make it clear that anyone living here from Detroit will be searched in their vehicle or their residence anytime the law feels like it. They will all leave. Get it?

2.Com e up with a way for donations or tax dollars to rebuild Camden Park.

3.Aquarium is a great idea or possibly a zoo.

4.Fun House

5.Wax Museum

A place that has new batting cages, go carts, drop zone ride, beautiful landscaped pay lake for fishing all in one park

6. Horse Racing Track

7.Sports Hall of Fame
Zaphod

Chesapeake, OH

#31 May 14, 2013
seems ok to me wrote:
1. Make it clear that anyone living here from Detroit will be searched in their vehicle or their residence anytime the law feels like it. They will all leave. Get it?
2.Com e up with a way for donations or tax dollars to rebuild Camden Park.
3.Aquarium is a great idea or possibly a zoo.
4.Fun House
5.Wax Museum
A place that has new batting cages, go carts, drop zone ride, beautiful landscaped pay lake for fishing all in one park
6. Horse Racing Track
7.Sports Hall of Fame
Oh eat me raw, tits n all!! I'm Candice Parsons, and I say "YOU DUMB AS A BOX OF ROCKS!"
Yours Truly,
Zaphod aka Miss Parsons
Artsy

Huntington, WV

#32 May 14, 2013
More_access wrote:
There are several art classes being taught downtown already, In the building near heritage village.
I don't think there is the money in the community for a full on aquarium but a sports zone/trampoline center type thing would fly around here.
It is shocking that there isn't a pool anymore.
I'm aware of those classes.:/

I just think it would be nice for the museum to actually have an annex that is accessible to the downtown area. It seems isolated and aloof.

OR, barring that, partner with the TTA to run a bus route to the museum, at least one day a week. Why can't we have that?

Quite simply, it appears elitist and class oriented to have ONE sort of art exposure for "the sort" downtown and another for the place up on the hill. Pretty sure our taxes help pay for the museum and its exhibits.

I believe all the art classes available downtown are for profit, are they not? Taught by private teachers? Do you understand? I'm not trying to be rude, just make a point that I think has been ignored far too long.

“Often copied, never duplicated”

Level 8

Since: Nov 11

BelAir, CA

#33 May 14, 2013
- Introduce shopping back to the downtown grid by offering a tax incentive to a major retailer. It will be slow at first, but others will follow. Bville has become the destination point for everything of relative quality and that's not right. The same applies to grocery shopping.
- Eliminate time & a half pay for the police force. They're not doing much except destroying 4th avenue corridor business with their hundreds of false DUI arrests. This cost the city money for their wages and processing and jailing innocent people. They already get a solid pension, they prove they are not willing to work for it evidenced by the escalating drug problem. 75-90K a year is too much pay for these opportunistic cops and business owners along this corridor should unite and complain to the mayor.
- Eradicate the NIMBY crony/nepotism-in city council/board members who vote down any new business interest in our area, and vote to make things harder on paying business owners with fees not asked for anywhere else in the region.
- Demolish the Pullman Plaza hotel. Its stinky, moldy, under-managed, noisy, and over priced. Pullman is a decent-enough area, albeit tiny, but tourists are not likely to return if they know they have no decent play to stay.
- Demolish and remove all dilapidated structures; homes and commercial spaces. They are nothing but eyesores and places for criminal activities.
- Enforce facade covenants to landlords. Too much leniency and non-existent fines for building owners who have let their places run down.
- Stop renting spaces to out-of-town tenants who are only using the spaces as fronts to phony businesses and tax write-offs.
- Upgrade the Keith and the Civic center. OK, the civic center got new seats, thats a start but it still sounds terrible and the flow thru is congested and illegal. The Keith is getting a new roof as we speak, but the inside floor needs all new seating, new stage, and the backstage area is atrocious. Good acts rarely book bad venues. Ashland and Chas. fixed theirs, why cant we fix ours?
- Viaducts: add a new one at 5th street west. Fix the drainage systems at the others. Our town is useless if you dont have access to half of it simply from rain.
- Timed traffic lighting and motion sensing detectors.
- Cap on downtown rental rates which are not at all commensurate with most business incomes. As slow as Huntington is about everything, businesses come and go at an alarming rate.
- Automatic free parking for business owners ( via window sticker) The gestapo attitude of the meter attendants must stop as it drives many people away.
- Tax the churches. Aside from the banks, Marshall, and the hospitals, they are the only ones with money with tithings that would alarm even the most critical opponents of them. The leaders of these establishments are not blind to our town's financial suffering, yet idly sit by and guilt people out of their money via a fabricated religious mandate that all should pay 10%. God doesnt need money, only their greedy self-righteous hands do. Over-reacting? Just look at how well all of the churches are doing and new ones being built and taking over spaces because they are the only ones who can afford them.
- Im sure there are a lot more things. Feel free to add.
ZAPHODakaCANDICE parsons

Chesapeake, OH

#34 May 14, 2013
Spleencage wrote:
- Introduce shopping back to the downtown grid by offering a tax incentive to a major retailer. It will be slow at first, but others will follow. Bville has become the destination point for everything of relative quality and that's not right. The same applies to grocery shopping.
- Eliminate time & a half pay for the police force. They're not doing much except destroying 4th avenue corridor business with their hundreds of false DUI arrests. This cost the city money for their wages and processing and jailing innocent people. They already get a solid pension, they prove they are not willing to work for it evidenced by the escalating drug problem. 75-90K a year is too much pay for these opportunistic cops and business owners along this corridor should unite and complain to the mayor.
- Eradicate the NIMBY crony/nepotism-in city council/board members who vote down any new business interest in our area, and vote to make things harder on paying business owners with fees not asked for anywhere else in the region.
- Demolish the Pullman Plaza hotel. Its stinky, moldy, under-managed, noisy, and over priced. Pullman is a decent-enough area, albeit tiny, but tourists are not likely to return if they know they have no decent play to stay.
- Demolish and remove all dilapidated structures; homes and commercial spaces. They are nothing but eyesores and places for criminal activities.
- Enforce facade covenants to landlords. Too much leniency and non-existent fines for building owners who have let their places run down.
- Stop renting spaces to out-of-town tenants who are only using the spaces as fronts to phony businesses and tax write-offs.
- Upgrade the Keith and the Civic center. OK, the civic center got new seats, thats a start but it still sounds terrible and the flow thru is congested and illegal. The Keith is getting a new roof as we speak, but the inside floor needs all new seating, new stage, and the backstage area is atrocious. Good acts rarely book bad venues. Ashland and Chas. fixed theirs, why cant we fix ours?
- Viaducts: add a new one at 5th street west. Fix the drainage systems at the others. Our town is useless if you dont have access to half of it simply from rain.
- Timed traffic lighting and motion sensing detectors.
- Cap on downtown rental rates which are not at all commensurate with most business incomes. As slow as Huntington is about everything, businesses come and go at an alarming rate.
- Automatic free parking for business owners ( via window sticker) The gestapo attitude of the meter attendants must stop as it drives many people away.
- Tax the churches. Aside from the banks, Marshall, and the hospitals, they are the only ones with money with tithings that would alarm even the most critical opponents of them. The leaders of these establishments are not blind to our town's financial suffering, yet idly sit by and guilt people out of their money via a fabricated religious mandate that all should pay 10%. God doesnt need money, only their greedy self-righteous hands do. Over-reacting? Just look at how well all of the churches are doing and new ones being built and taking over spaces because they are the only ones who can afford them.
- Im sure there are a lot more things. Feel free to add.
Spleen cage EAT ME!
lol

Daniels, WV

#35 May 14, 2013
Hey, look, Spleen complaining about the police pulling over drunks for driving again!

Go to AA, bitch.
Zaphod why

Winfield, WV

#36 May 14, 2013
Thx spleen, you make a lot of good points. Thank you everyone else that has provided useful input. Trolls plz move to other threads, we wanna keep this one positive. You will just be ignored here, so please do not respond to any idiot trolls on this thread, make a new thread if you feel you must respond. Again, thank you all for your constructive criticism.
PoorSound

Catlettsburg, KY

#37 May 15, 2013
The acoustics in the Civic Center sucks, I've never seen a show there that I liked because of it. usually the band sounds better in the hall way, I think sound just bounced off the bare cinder block walls.
here ya go

Charleston, WV

#38 May 15, 2013
Definition of improving Huntington-Blow up marcum terrace. Blow up hal greer projects. Blow up Adams Landing. Blow up all cars with detroit tags. If huntington did that, I think we would all agree that this town would almost be back to normal. Atleast there would be alot less drugs, guns, blacks, prostitutes, needles, scared children that live in pain and fear all the time, and did I mention blacks from Detroit!! They wouldnt come here if you get rid of a large percentage of the demand!! Then, build a super-huge jail that actually holds offenders for a long time that commit bad crimes. Then go find judges that understand how to do their part in fighting crime. That some improving!!! Yeah buddy!!
DoesPrayerReally Work

Huntington, WV

#39 May 15, 2013
wondering wrote:
Can all you bigots and hate mongrels put your shit aside for a minute and come up with a practical meaningful solution to a problem the city faces? I challenge you and bet you cannot. This could become a place to generate solutions to help our city out instead of a joke of a site. I feel like I am just asking for trouble with this one...
What services do people leave the city for? Any business that huntington is missing out on that people want? What kinda group could be organized to preform some volunteer work? What kinda work should volunteers do to most benefit the city? Who wants to start a group with me?
Let's take back control of our city and do the work that needs done
More jobs for the city such as good-paying factory jobs... More atheists... Fewer racists/bigots.... More entertainment... Improved education... Better housing to replace the run-down buildings that litter most of the city. By that, I don't mean putting people out of their homes - just better housing.

We need something of a renaissance in this city, and in the rest of the south for that matter.
haha

Charleston, WV

#40 May 15, 2013
yeah the south...wtf???
lol

Daniels, WV

#41 May 15, 2013
DoesPrayerReallyWork wrote:
<quoted text>
More jobs for the city such as good-paying factory jobs... More atheists... Fewer racists/bigots.... More entertainment... Improved education... Better housing to replace the run-down buildings that litter most of the city. By that, I don't mean putting people out of their homes - just better housing.
We need something of a renaissance in this city, and in the rest of the south for that matter.
What exactly do atheists, as a collective group, do to improve a community that is more desirable than those of religion do, as a group? What difference does that make?

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