Transforming declining commercial strips into vibrant mixed use centers has been a key component of the planning and design tools that Dodson & Flinker bring to local communities as well as to regional and state policy makers. Using clear and compelling plans and graphic renderings, the firm demonstrates the feasibility and the benefits of creating more efficient, attractive, pedestrian-friendly centers on the ruins of outdated, declining commercial strips. New ways to address transportation such as complete streets, traffic calming, transit-oriented development and bus rapid transit are key ingredients of a comprehensive strategy to create dynamic, walkable mixed use centers out of auto-dependent strips. The projects often begin with revisions to municipal codes and policies followed by incremental improvements enabled by code changes and financial incentives. Eventually, entire new towns can arise from the ashes of the highway strip wasteland.