Huntsville, Alabama ranked #7 Best Places To Live
What’s it like to live in Huntsville, AL?
Once a sleepy farming town, Huntsville gained national recognition during the Space Race of the 1960s and is now the fastest-growing metro area in Alabama. The U.S. government relocated a team of German rocket scientists to the area and opened a NASA center that would design the Saturn V, the rocket that sent Apollo astronauts to the moon.
Today, Huntsville residents pride themselves on being a nerdy bunch. The metro area has the most educated population in the state, and a large portion of the population works in engineering thanks to the large presence of NASA and the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal. And although Huntsville is best known as the home to defense and aerospace firms, other tech-related industries have also sprung up in recent decades.
Huntsville’s city center has undergone a renaissance in recent years. An outbreak of new construction downtown means more shopping, dining and apartment options are on the horizon. Once-shabby neighborhoods surrounding the downtown area are quickly gentrifying. Just west of downtown, a defunct cotton mill became a bustling arts center, and craft breweries and bars have sprung up in a renovated old middle school.
U.S. News analyzed 125 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there.
Huntsville, Alabama is ranked:
#7 in Best Places to Live
Music as a tool for an equal society
They want to use music as tools to lead American youth away from the criminal banana. On Wednesday, two professors from Alabama Visby visited to enable a future student exchange
In one week, the two professors Andrea Hunt and Robert A. Garfrerick of the University of North Alabama visited Sweden and Denmark to explore the opportunities to create an exchange between students from Sweden and Alabama. During Wednesday they were in Visby. The project is based on the idea of how music and art form the society and its youth. It’s also about how to use music as a platform for social justice.
“We have major social problems with crime and drugs, and this is about how to use music to engage young people and to achieve a more equal society,” said Andrea Hunt.
According to the two professors, there are major social problems throughout the United States.
“It’s about preventing the paved road from school to prison,” says Robert A. Garfrerick.
On-site was also the renowned hip-hop producer Cory Parham, from Slowmotion soundz in Huntsville, who together with Rosanna Eriksson also started Ozone Solutions in Landskrona.
“In the United States, new prisons are being built rather than investing in culture. Here in Sweden, you pay government money on the music, “he says.
“In Sweden, you can get money from, for example, study associations, clarifies Rosanna Eriksson who, together with Cory Parhan, coordinated the project.
On site in Visby was also the hostess Hanna Herbertson who marketed the project.
Searching government funds for music and art projects is difficult in the United States. The music scene is also not as accessible to young people in the United States as it is in Sweden.
“Sweden is doing a really good job and it would be possible to use the Swedish model in the United States, but we have conservative politicians who need to change their minds for it to happen,” says Robert A. Garfrerick.
In May 2018, Andrea Hunt and Robert A. Garfrerickkunna hope to come back to Sweden, then together with a group of exchange students.
“These models are already in Sweden and hopefully we can bring some of our students here,” she says.