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Summer 2012 Forum Journal: Green and Local Powers Preservation

​ Cities both large and small are embracing sustainability for a number of reasons and in a variety of different ways. The Summer 2012 issue of Forum Journal focuses on the efforts of local communities to integrate historic preservation with sustainability goals. These efforts range from ...


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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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Creating a Sustainable Main Street

Over the last ten years, the greater North Park community and the North Park Main Street business district have experienced a new economic and cultural renaissance, emerging as one of the most progressive and exciting urban villages in San Diego. It all got started in 1998 when North Park Main...

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Local Foods on Main Streets

Although the cherries might be harvested just down the road or the cattle raised one county over, there is often a huge disconnect between local businesses in small rural towns and the local food system. Washington State’s Main Street Program, however, is working to strengthen the relationship...

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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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Main Street: The Early Years

I guess this little vignette could have also been entitled "I Remember Main Street." However, my first thoughts when asked to write something about my years and experience with Main Street were not about finding a title, but rather that this is another sign that I am aging because someone is...