Corridors

Miles and miles of commercial corridors run through many suburban communities. Once successful at drawing customers, corridors are showing signs of disinvestment. Some sections of corridors have lost all of their businesses and have become vacant eyesores, or “greyfields” that provide no economically productive use to their host community. How is it possible to re-envision and rework such places? Incremental urbanism represents a path toward reversing these trends affecting commercial corridors. This path involves systematic, but incremental changes in the pattern of roadways, driveways, parking areas, sidewalks, and buildings that typically characterize commercial corridors. And it involves working closely with the private sector to help finance some of these changes.