Huntsville neighborhood looking to the future, with a nod to the past

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - It's been nearly 60 years since McThornmor Acres was built off Holmes Avenue in West Huntsville.

Today, the neighborhood near UAH is mostly populated with a mix of elderly residents, college students, and middle-aged couples.

Some of the brick ranch homes are immaculately tended. Others have seen better days. McThornmor Acres is a neighborhood in transition.

However, there is a strong commitment to revitalize this area, which is part of the Rocket View Neighborhood Association.

Diane Walls is an artist who has lived in McThornmor Acres for more than a dozen years. She's currently working on a new entry sign for the neighborhood.

She's come up with two designs. Each incorporates a rocket on a ceramic tile mosaic. For a donation of $10 or more, people can vote on the design they like best.

The back of the sign will feature room for commemorative name tiles and the names of any supporting businesses.

Walls' goal is to honor the character and history of the neighborhood, while still looking to the future.

"I would like to see it come back to where it was 20 years ago. It won't be the same, of course, but just to renew it, new life," she says.

Residents are also working with city and community leaders to improve the neighborhood, in hopes of attracting more families to the area.