|← History of the Cahaba Project|
The project was initially under the hands of the government since it was one of the proposed strategies that the government was using to boost its economy. The first person to manage this project was the project manager, Kestler, H. in 1938. He had a strong faith for Cahaba, his vision spirited his committee, and together they worked for the good of the whole society. However, other people that were also useful in the development of the project include the board of education, which is responsible for the education in terms of quality and accessibility. Next is the board of zoning adjustment. The beautification board takes care of all the city beautification projects including pavement lighting and tree planting. There is also the historical committee and the industrial development board, which oversees all the issues partaining to industrial development of the area. Its roles include establishment of new industries and assessment of the efficiency of all the industries in the area. To ensure quality health services, a board of medical clinic has been mandated to check all the services offered and make the right adjustment where necessary. The library board and the parks and recreation board manage all the library and organization of parks and social centers respectively. Other committees include the planning and zoning board, public safety, telecommunication committee, grow Trussville, the city directory and the tree commission. These committees have closely worked together to ensure that everything runs as it was scheduled. Working hand in hand with these committees is the mayor of the town.
The cahaba project is among the well organized projects whose establishment took relatively longer yet unwasted time to plan. The project found the land on its grass roots to where it is today. The project was mainly purposed for the constuction of residential houses. However, this was more than providing housing to its residents; the project was more of a wellfare than it was expected. Starting with the houses, it is the dream of many to live in the neighborhood of this Historical Cahaba Homestead. Its natural beauty sell leave alone the fact that its facilities are exceptional. The houses are well planned with wide entrances and a car park for every homeowner. Security is guaranteed and the small town atmosphere has attracted those who feel relaxed living in suburban areas. Dweling units consist of single, duplexes and triplexes family houses with unique features that provide a lovely living for these homeowners.
One of the homeowners, by the name Lawrence that I interviewed says that his is the most amezing house he has ever had. He describes it with lots of smiles as I interviewed him saying that his house has a big living room that opens to a large study room to the left and a large dinning room to the right. These are partitioned by french doors that lead the way to the back patio. There is also a big enough kitchen with beautiful and spacious counters and cabinets. In addition, there is a wide procelean sink, comfortable breakfast place with en suite seats. There is also an office also with built-in seats. Every home is also equiped with an implausible workshop with unbelievable storage area as well as a wide garage that can fit two cars. These are just but afew of the outstanding characteristics of the residential units built under the Cahaba Project.
Apart from the residential units, there are other public facilities such as the library, also with a large car park and well-decorated pavements. There is also the youth center that has taken over 120 acres of land that is used for most of the youth activities organized in the city. It is the joy of every resident to ride bikes or walk in this locality. In addition, there are good schools in Trussville, which are attributed to the Cahaba Project. A commissary, which is now the chamber of commerce, is located at the east end of the area. Other facilities include indoor bathroom facilities, sewer as well as paved streets that are constructed with gutters and curbs.
Like any other project that handles issues that affect the society directly, the Cahaba Project has been facing several ups and downs since its establishment in the 1830s. Several committees have been appointed under different management but all have been striving to see into it that the project has succeeded. Although the project was fully funded by the government, the main challenge was not how or where to get funds rather it was how to manage these funds. Allocation of funds has not been as appropriately as expected. Though misallocation has been minimal in the recent years, there is still some need to check on where most of the funds go to; it is improvement of the pavements, renovation of the old buildings or stocking of materials in the library? Once this is clear, money will be used accordingly with little or no misallocation.
Another challenge that has faced the Cahaba Project is the management of the growth. As the city was growing at a very rapid rate, managing its growth is proving to be somehow difficult. As stated by its mayor since 1996, Melton Gene, the challenge that the city is currently facing is how to manage its growth since it was growing at a higher rate. With the increased population, facilities are becoming more and more inadequate as the demand increases. Therefore, careful sound decisions need to be made. Management is split into several distinct teams which also make individual decisions. Bringing these decisions together is very wise since there is sharing of new ideas. However, the problem comes in when all of these ideas are important yet only ahandful are picked. Allocation of these facilities and organisation of the area has also possed a challenge.
In conclusion, the Cahaba Project has its history long before it was officially proposed by the government when the economy became unstable. Though with a long history, the cahaba project was a strategy by the government under the new president, Roosevelt Franklin, to struggle to economic recovery after the great economic depression. This new deal was meant to provide cheap housing for middle class families. The project was proposed on an area that was initially inhibited by the Native Americans. After creek land had been conquered, white settlers began to migrate and settle in the area. After the civil war, the economy of the land was faced with a great economic depression that necessitated those in authority to look for means and strategies of boosting the economy. The proposed project was meant to provide low rent residential houses for the residents. This decision was taken up by the then mayor of the city and all plans began in 1938.
The Cahaba Project was originally designed to cover the area between 1-459 and the Jefferson County with some part of the 1-59 region. The Cahaba Project is marked with a marker located on longitude 33° 37.314′ N, and latitude 86° 36.096′ W.the marker is at the crossroads of the U.S. Highway 11 and Parkway Drive on the left hand side as one travels east on the main street. In addition to this, there are other eight markers that are located atleast within six miles from the main marker. These include; the Trussville, the First Baptist Church of Trussville, Trussville, Alabama and the Confederate Storehouse. Other markers are; the Trussville Furnace, the Pioneer Massey Cemetery, Center Point and The Clay Community Alabama.
The Cahaba Project was launched in 1938. Homes were firmly built with inside plumbing, electricity, running water and amenities; arrangements that were very rare in most parts of Alabama. The Project had a total of 287 residential houses which included apartments, single family homes and duplexes. There were also a cooperative storehouse and a high school. The area was also interspersed with sidewalks, shopping malls, car parks and paved streets. Children enjoyed a simple, small towm life as theywalked along the streets, played on the malls and swam in the Cahaba. A strange attraction of the project is its awning of the splendid trees that lines the Chalkville Road and the adjacent trees, most of which were planted in the 1930s and 1940s. Like many other advanced subdivisions, the Cahaba Project had its own unique entrances. Among these entrances is the gazebo, which is located at the corner of Parkway Drive and the Main Street.
The city saw a rapid growth particularly during the frenzied period when a lot of annexing was taking place. During this period, Trussville city managed to seize much of the area in its neighborhood. Several meetings were held during this period; all purposed to lay strategies for the annexation of more land. By the end of this period, Trussville had acquired more than three times its original land and as a result, its population doubled in size. This led to the need for more housing thus creating more development and town growth in during the 1960’s and 1970s.
This population growth rate clearly illustrated that this housing project attracted many people both from within and without Trussville. With good middle and high schools, coupled by a friendly atmosphere and an environment that is safe, Trussville has drawn the attention of many. Both young and middle-income earners have a good place to live in. Most of the families that migrate to live in Trussville have moved in to older houses in the Cahaba Project thus remodeling and upgrading them. Several subdivisions and inhabited areas have gradually sprung up within the neighborhood of the Trussville city. The city is now stretched from 1-459 on the south, and extended northwards to the Jefferson region line on the north. The project has also taken in a considerable area west of the 1-59 region.
In order to meet the necessities of the growth of Trussville, several public and private amenities have sprung up; stunning restraurants, retail shops, shopping malls and service industries have been established. The most outstanding of these are the two main shopping centers that were built in 2000. A youth sports center hosts most of the youth activities taking place in the area. was built on a 120-acre land. This comlex has unique facilities and can accommodate as many people as possible. Most of the youths’ activities taking place in Cahaba are organized and hosted in this center.These and many other facilities have made the area more attractive than before.
Cahaba Project is the core of a rapid growing community and the heart of America at large. Its major shopping mall is located in the center of this chronological district was planned to look like the shopping mall in Washington, D.C. The commissary, which is now the chamber of commerce, and the school are anchoring the boarder in the eastern region. The district is a home for numerous families as indicated by the number of residential units, which total to 287 residential units. These units consist of single, duplexes and triplexes family houses. Before the 1940s, these houses were rented to families, as this was the original plan. However, in the early 1940s, they system was changed and these houses were randered for sale thus they were sold to individuals and their families. The area was also interspersed with sidewalks, shopping malls, car parks and paved streets.
The project was initially under the hands of the government since it was one of the proposed strategies that the government was using to boost its economy. The first person to manage this project was the project manager, Kestler, H. in 1938, though he got assistance from other boards and committees elected by the council of the city. These include the board of education, the board of zoning adjustment, the beautification board, the historical committee and the industrial development board. There are also the board of medical clinic, the library board and the parks and recreation board manage all the library and organization of parks and social centers respectively. Other committees include the planning and zoning board, public safety, telecommunication committee, grow Trussville, the city directory and the tree commission.
There are several services that this project has offered to the residents so as to make their stay in this area enjoyable. Among these services are; the library, the chamber of commerce, the fire department, inspection services, the police department, streets and sanitation services provided by the town council, the trussville utilities and the city directory as well. The project has provided many facilities; private and public amenities, for the residents of the city of Trussville in addition to the residential units. Among these public facilities include the library, also with a large car park and well-decorated pavements, the youth center that has taken over 120 acres of land, good schools, a chamber of commerce, indoor bathroom facilities, sewer and paved streets that are constructed with gutters and curbs.