I am working with a community (township, 12 minutes from a
major city, middle class, population 30,000)
who has a familiar strip "service" road, complete with every
fast food restaurant, a K-Mart, two major grocery stores, etc.
They have recently lost some of their retail to a nearby
growing shopping district. The area is still very viable
and the stores are very well kept, but they do have a few
vacancies, and are looking to the future. "How do we find
a niche, make it more pedestrian friendly, etc." is the
focus of a community "visioning" group that we will soon be
organizing. I know these are common and frustrating
questions. Does anyone have any examples or case studies
of communities going through a similar process?
This will be nothing grandiose probably, just some
re-working and re-thinking.