In the city I work for, the major north/south arterial is a 100 foot wide state road. The majority of zoning and land use is general commercial along with some high density residential. Older store fronts are set just behind the r-o-w and newer developments have the obligatory 20 feet of grass then the parking lot. Most commercial buildings are no more than two stories with a few higher. Looking at some ideas for landscaping treatments or examples of communities you know about. I'd like to see the medians landscaped where possible but the business owners always are against such treatment. The city I live in has the older store fronts (less population, too - 25,000 vs. 90,000) and landscaped islands between the sidewalk and store fronts which I like. I know a 100 foot wide road is not inviting to pedestrians nor is there much of a population along the road to encourage walking.