You've all heard me talk about the built environment and commercial mix along the major traffic corridor in "the town next door." The environment over there may have an imapct on what's built in the small, mostly undeveloped town where I work; I mention it in this thread.
I've described what I politely call a "mechanical commercial" strip. However, I thought you might be interested in seeing the corridor in the legendary "town next door." The following aren't examples of the worst of that strip ... it's typical development a few miles from the town where I work.
Is it possible, even with very strict architectural regulations, to have a nice commercial area along the same street as this, or is our destiny something that isn't so desirable? The planners in that town are quite aware of the situation, and they're struggling to fix things. Short of tearing it all out and starting from scratch, can such a strip turn around?
(For those outside of the United States and Canada, a disclaimer -- this isn't typical North American suburbia. Every metro area, however, seems to have corridor where all the "heavy commercial" uses are concentrated -- RV dealers, industrial truck dealers, heavy equipment rental, and so on. Such areas are usually the most "aesthetically challenged" parts of the region, except in the most progressive municipalities.)