A couple of years ago during a Commerce City Council planning session, one of the agenda items that came out was a desire to improve the “gateways” to Commerce. Specifically, that meant the Maysville Road and Old Homer Road corridors leading to the downtown.
If anything, those corridors look worse now than they did then. The first impression a visitor would get as he or she drove in from Interstate 85 would be that Commerce is one ugly town. The Maysville Road approach is particularly unattractive. For the best part of three miles, a motorist passes by unkempt businesses, empty buildings, an abandoned water tank and an “industrial park” that looks more like a salvage yard. There are some attractive businesses and residences, to be sure, but the overall impression one gets is of a community with little concern about its appearance.