I plan to ask the people at Envision Utah this question, but thought I'd come here first. I am trying to help our local government find ways to make the state highway running through our little town more attractive to stoppers and pedestrians. Our general plan calls for the whole frontage to ultimately be zoned for businesses which serve locals and tourists coming through on their way to the nearby national park. There is no heavy truck traffic because, 12 miles further up, the highway goes right through the park and through a narrow tunnel. I wonder if anyone has done any sort of innovative, cooperative plan with a highway department for a more attractive and friendly layout than the usual which is still likely to comply with all of their regulations and etc. I haven't a clue where to look for such a thing, if it exists.
So far we have a couple of shops, some intermittent sidewalks, and a row of trees (I think deciduous trees would make it more inviting, but unfortunately they're all columnar evergreens). We are trying to get the speed limit reduced (currently 50 mph!), which I think will be more likely to happen if people WANT to slow down through town. Any thoughts? Thanks!