What can a community do when it's already pretty built up, and its main commercial district is riddled with eyesores? Some towns on Cape Cod "are turning their attention toward rundown buildings and deteriorating shacks, buying and builldozing them to make way for public parks and scenic views," the Boston Globe reports.
"Along Route 28 in Yarmouth, aging motels, neon lights, and asphalt parking lots have swallowed much of the land. Residents such as Jack Mulkeen conceded that his popularly scorned town is "where everyone on the Cape points to and says, `We don't want this to come here,'" the article notes.
Sound at all like Rte. 9 in Framingham?
"For more than a decade, though, Yarmouth has worked to tear down structures that built that reputation. Verdant pocket parks with benches and water views have replaced a languishing motel along Route 28 and Rascal's Nightclub, a once-popular bar that Mulkeen said had fallen on hard times and burned."
Just because a main commercial roadway has been poorly developed once, with no regard for either pedestrians or asthetics, doesn't mean it has to stay that way forever.