Our community, an inner ring suburb of a major metro area, has a heavily traveled six lane roadway that cuts right through the Village (its actually a state highway, but the intersections are signaled). One side of the road is single family ranch homes with setbacks of 35 feet or more and the other side is big box commercial.
I am looking for examples where a built environment such as this was made more pedestrian friendly, streetscaped or given New Urbanist-ish improvements (minimal setbacks, mixed use) Do such places exist? And, would it even "work" in the area I described?
The reason I ask is because along this stretch of road a mixed use condominium project is proposed and I am trying to find examples where such a use may have been successful. While I don't like the current aesthetics of the existing area I am not sure a 3-4 story condominium project make sense there. The condo design would be more along the lines of an urban infill along a Main Street, but our this "Street" has 38,000 cars per day. Thanks for your thoughts