Discussion about a proposed Huntington ordinance regulating the conversion of shipping containers into structures generated several comments from online readers of The Herald-Dispatch. The ordinance allows for shipping containers to be converted into business structures or industrial offices in some districts, but not in residential districts. It also sets standards on how shipping containers may be used for storage for businesses and construction sites, or for people using a portable container moving service at their homes.

Under the ordinance, people would be able to place a container in front of their house for no longer than 30 days and not more than twice a year.

City Council members had previously asked the city's Planning and Zoning Committee to review the ordinance after expressing concern for the wording of an earlier ordinance. They were concerned it would limit the construction on a coffee shop on 8th Street, which is building a patio from an old shipping container.

Here are some of the comments, which were mostly critical of the proposal:

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Matt Rowe: "I would hope this city would have more faith in its constituency than to feel the need to dictate the type of materials they are allowed to construct businesses or homes with. Who is the force behind stifling the options of our city's citizens?"

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Matthew Luck: "I feel like our city isn't sophisticated enough to allow for shipping container homes. While some designs would be spectacular, I feel like our city wouldn't be very good at distinguishing between the good and the bad designs. I definitely don't want the city okaying a shipping container trailer in the middle of a historical neighborhood."

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Andrew Adkins: "Dirty needles, burned-out abandoned homes and potholes are much better."

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Gene Eastham: "How could a container home hurt Huntington. It's not like it's Malibu or South Beach."

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Tawnya Lenae Perry: "What in the world, people are making beautiful homes out of them. The city must not be going to make money off of them, more than likely it is about the ole mighty dollar!!"

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Lillian Brittany Pelino: "With as many houses that are for sale in Huntington and the people moving away, I think they would use their time a little more wisely."

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Stephen E Jordan: "Just put a 'Marshall' or 'Cabell Huntington Hospital' sticker on the container and everything will be fine and dandy. Huntington surely doesn't need any new tax-paying entities."

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Angel Hilling: "More gentrification, yeah!"

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Timothy Blake: "Freedom is flashing away right before our eyes."

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Steven Yates: "Do not stifle innovation, with this senseless and unneeded ban."

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Ryan McKenzie: "This is foolish."

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Andrew Adkins: "Huntington is full of abandoned burned-out houses. I'd rather see a shipping container than that. Columbus, Ohio, were I live now, doesn't even have an ordinance like that and Huntington is no Columbus. The rougher parts of Columbus look like the best parts of Huntington. Not to diss Huntington, but it's not a high class place and it never will be."

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Darren Smith: "Just another stupid thing. ... some of these are better looking than most of the houses around here. GO DO SOMETHING WE NEED LIKE FIX OUR DRAINS OR OUR POTHOLES."

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Tori Buck: "There is nothing wrong with them being made into a home when constructed professionally. And it's not like there is somewhere for them to be built in downtown Htown. I mean, have you ever seen a mobile home in the historical district?"

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Daniel Beahm: "Out of all the problems we have in this city, is stifling an entrepreneur really one of them?"

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Jeffrey A. Ward: "Guess they couldn't figure out a way to tax them."

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