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Re: Longest Commercial Corridors
« Reply #25 on: June 30, 2020, 02:55:16 PM »

US 27 in Jessamine and Fayette counties in Kentucky. from the end of the Nicholasville bypass to the I-75/I-64 interchange, through downtown Lexington.

KY 61 between Shepherdsville and Louisville is getting to be like that, from just south of the Bullitt/Jefferson county line all the way into Louisville.

And US 31W from Elizabethtown through Radcliff and Fort Knox to the interstates. About the only part not built up is Muldraugh Hill.
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Re: Longest Commercial Corridors
« Reply #26 on: June 30, 2020, 06:23:49 PM »

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Re: Longest Commercial Corridors
« Reply #27 on: June 30, 2020, 06:28:24 PM »

Depending on how picky you are, there are brief breaks that may qualify it as 2-3 corridors instead one, but the 15 miles of US 30 between the IL/IN line and Randolph St is almost entirely commercial.
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Re: Longest Commercial Corridors
« Reply #28 on: June 30, 2020, 07:56:56 PM »

Are you wanting to limit this to numbered routes? Otherwise, you could pick any street in the grid of any city west of the Mississippi and get 20 miles of commercial corridor easy.

It never occurred to me that we might need to limit it to numbered routes. In my area, I can't think of any non-numbered examples. Commercial development tends to cluster around the numbered routes, while the non-numbered routes (and unsigned county routes)  serve residential areas.

But now I'm interested to see some non-numbered examples, so I won't limit it!  :)

Just picking any random street in OKC, Penn Avenue starts getting built up around SW 119th Street and stays that way clear up to NW 150th Street, a distance of 18 miles. There are nearly identical corridors one mile to the west (May Avenue) and the east (Western Avenue).

You could probably get an even longer distance out of Reno Avenue (east-west), since it goes through the eastern suburbs uninterrupted too, but I unfortunately don't have the time to look at the moment.
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Re: Longest Commercial Corridors
« Reply #29 on: June 30, 2020, 08:18:55 PM »

Just picking any random street in OKC, Penn Avenue starts getting built up around SW 119th Street and stays that way clear up to NW 150th Street, a distance of 18 miles. There are nearly identical corridors one mile to the west (May Avenue) and the east (Western Avenue).

You could probably get an even longer distance out of Reno Avenue (east-west), since it goes through the eastern suburbs uninterrupted too, but I unfortunately don't have the time to look at the moment.

Regarding Penn(sylvania?) Avenue, I'm not sure I'd call that continuous commercial development. Between Penn Square Mall and the John Kirkpatrick Turnpike, it looks like mostly residential with intermittent commercial at the major junctions.

From what I can tell from satellite view, Reno Avenue is a better example of what I'm looking for, especially between Downtown and where it crosses I-40 near OK 4.
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Re: Longest Commercial Corridors
« Reply #30 on: June 30, 2020, 09:02:34 PM »

A couple years ago I followed the entire length of US 1, from Fort Kent, Maine to Key West, Florida, in Street View - to me, it seemed like the stretch from New Haven, through western Connecticut and Westchester into NYC, was pretty much one long commercial strip. To those who live in that region - does that seem right?

(From the same Street View trip, I also got the same impression with the stretch in South Florida, from Jupiter all the way down to Homestead - about 120 miles in all!)

It's like that in 2 large portions of Massachusetts as well, one from the RI border to I-95 in Dedham, then from MA 60 in Revere to I-95 in Danvers. Even NH has a solid stretch a few miles long once you exit Massachusetts.

(Also kudos for taking that virtual trip of US 1. FWIW it's worth I've cycled everything from Stamford CT to New Haven CT and all the legal stretches you can cycle on from Westport RI to Brunswick ME - but not all at once)
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Re: Longest Commercial Corridors
« Reply #31 on: June 30, 2020, 10:03:23 PM »

From VA-105 to its end in downtown, 16 miles of Jefferson Ave in Newport News. Could argue that the entire southern 22 miles of VA-143 count, but there’s somewhat of a separation between the Hampton and Newport News commercial areas.
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Re: Longest Commercial Corridors
« Reply #32 on: June 30, 2020, 10:27:03 PM »

colfax av in denver.
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Re: Longest Commercial Corridors
« Reply #33 on: July 01, 2020, 02:25:15 AM »

Just picking any random street in OKC, Penn Avenue starts getting built up around SW 119th Street and stays that way clear up to NW 150th Street, a distance of 18 miles. There are nearly identical corridors one mile to the west (May Avenue) and the east (Western Avenue).

You could probably get an even longer distance out of Reno Avenue (east-west), since it goes through the eastern suburbs uninterrupted too, but I unfortunately don't have the time to look at the moment.

Regarding Penn(sylvania?) Avenue, I'm not sure I'd call that continuous commercial development. Between Penn Square Mall and the John Kirkpatrick Turnpike, it looks like mostly residential with intermittent commercial at the major junctions.

The official name is Pennsylvania, but pretty much everyone calls it Penn (pronounced "pin"), to the extent that even ODOT posts it as such on BGSes sometimes.

The sort of development I pointed to on Penn is so typical of OKC's development pattern that if you exclude it as "not being commercial", you knock out the vast majority of OKC as not being commercial. That's just how the zoning is here.
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Re: Longest Commercial Corridors
« Reply #34 on: July 01, 2020, 03:35:51 AM »

Las Vegas Boulevard?

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Re: Longest Commercial Corridors
« Reply #35 on: July 01, 2020, 07:53:12 AM »

I'd have to say that the original CA 111 from where it enters Palm Springs near its northwestern terminus all the way down through Cathedral City and Palm Desert into Indio -- about 27 miles overall -- would certainly qualify as an effectively uninterrupted commercial strip.  Of course, the '90's 111 reroute out of downtown Palm Springs, which does include some residential areas as well as schlepping past the regional airport, keeps present 111 from being totally commercial in nature (and the sporadic relinquishments, with CA 111 status being nostalgically referred to only by blade signs hanging from traffic signal arms, doesn't help much either currently).  But still, if one traverses the pre-1995 alignment through downtown Palm Springs, the effect is there -- it'll be a continuous commercial experience all the way down to old US 60/70/99 in central Indio.
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Re: Longest Commercial Corridors
« Reply #36 on: July 01, 2020, 10:30:13 AM »

Lake Street has a whole lot of businesses lining it too (even the part that is not followed by US 20).
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Re: Longest Commercial Corridors
« Reply #37 on: July 07, 2020, 12:41:29 AM »

Melbourne: US 192 from A1A to I-95, 8.4 miles of God Help Me.
Also: US 1 From the Beachline in Cocoa to Eyster Blvd in Rockledge
US 1 from Parkway Drive to University Blvd, Melbourne
FL 520 from Newfound Harbor Drive in Merritt Island to Clear Lake Road in Cocoa
SR 3 from the Beachline to Post Road, Merritt Island

Palm Bay Road from Robert J Conlan to Minton would qualify, but there are two developments between I-95 and Wickham plus the one by the junction with Minton. God What A Pain. A1A, Wichkam Road, Fiske Blvd (Cocoa), Barnes Blvd (Rockledge); US 1 and Cheney Drive (Titusville) are in the same boat (plus A1A is split by Patrick AFB).
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Re: Longest Commercial Corridors
« Reply #38 on: Today at 01:16:59 PM »

US 80 in Louisiana from Claiborne to Lakeshore, going through West Monroe and Monroe. 14.2 miles: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/32.5144673,-92.2179636/32.5338303,-92.0300926/@32.5181622,-92.1780599,12.28z/data=!4m3!4m2!3e0!5i2
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Re: Longest Commercial Corridors
« Reply #39 on: Today at 02:42:23 PM »

Does I-10 through El Paso count?
The second you mention El Paso, people here will start whining about how it's a control city in San Antonio, so I'd suggest you not.
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