A Report from Main Street, O.K.

The National Main Street Conference was in Oklahoma City last week. Bob Phipps, a retail consultant, talks about what he got out of the event.
May 14, 2010, 7am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Bob says that the thing he finds exciting about the Main Street movement is the growing understanding that local businesses are dependent on one another.

"Originally, Main Street had the saloon, the hotel, the livery, the general store, the church - all of the services - because they all needed each other. That interdependency is what spelled doom for so many downtowns in the 1970s and 1980s when they didn't care what the other guy was doing."

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Published on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 in The Oklahoman
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