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Summer 2009 Forum Journal: Responding to the Economic Downturn

This summer's Forum Journal responds and examines some of the trends in historic preservation. Read Donovan Rypkema's 20/20 Vision into the Future, and how Statewide and Local Partners are reacting to the economy in their localities. Anita Durel looks to options for museums and historic sites,...

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Letter to Congress by Main Street Communities on Deferred Maintenance at the National Park Service

​A copy of our national sign-on Main Street letter to Congress asking their support for preserving historic and cultural sites in the National Park system submitted on May 22, 2017​ #NationalParkService #MainStreet #repairbacklog #congress #MainStreetAmerica

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America Saves: Main Street Tips + Best Practices

Main Street, downtown, and community development programs across the country should consider this document to be a source of information and issue framing, to encourage increased small business energy efficiency. The assembled best practices were developed based on outcomes and learnings derived...

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Downtown Madison, Ind., Earns National Historic Landmark Status

Madison, Ind., long recognized for its stunning collection of 19th-century architecture, now ranks as one of America’s elite historic cities, which include Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., since the Secretary of the Interior’s designation of a large portion of the city’s...


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Buy Local” Helps Main Street Merchants and Other Independents Survive Recession

A growing body of evidence suggests that public enthusiasm for all things local and independent is on the rise, providing locally owned businesses with a measure of insulation from the worst effects of the recession, even as some of their biggest competitors teeter and collapse. In January...


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Your New Main Street: Main Street America and the refreshed Main Street Approach

By Patrice Frey This fall, the National Main Street Center has been working on a number of initiatives that will affect the way we—the Main Street movement—do our work, talk about our cause, and position ourselves within the community revitalization field. Today, we’re excited to share the...

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2015 Great American Main Street Awards

They are justifiably proud of their work, enthusiastic about the future, and love where they live. They can hop on a skateboard to get to work, choose from 60 different ethnic restaurants, and invest in a community-run store. They are the residents, business owners and leaders of the 2015...

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GAMSA Winners Announced at Main Street Conference in Detroit

The July Fourth Festival in Harrisonburg, VA | Credit: Blaire Boswell Awards programs are a well-deserved pat on the back for a job well done. But they are also a source of inspiration—and this year’s winners of the Great American Main Street Awards® (GAMSA) are truly inspiring...

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A Work in Progress: Preservation Leaders on Main Street

By Valecia Crisafulli The National Main Street Center is gearing up for the 2014 National Main Streets Conference in Detroit, Mich., May 18 - 20. This year the conference theme, “Works in Progress” should resonate well with the preservation leadership audience. As preservation...

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