Main Street Revitalization Efforts Turn a Corner

Having lured its first major retailer on Main Street, revitalization efforts in Columbia, South Carolina's urban corridor seem to be finally paying off.

Jeff Wilkinson reports that city officials have been working for more than a decade to bring new life to the old town center, and things are finally starting to turn around:

"With Mast General Store opening, a new Nickelodeon art house cinema, new restaurants and clubs, an emerging arts scene and almost monthly festivals, markets, tours and crawls, Main Street is becoming livelier than it has been since the department stores fled for the suburbs some three decades ago."

Recent efforts by the city included significant investments in facade improvement.awwqs

Full Story: Main Street on the cusp of a new life

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Just to clarify: Main Street

Just to clarify: Main Street was home to major retailers for years before they all moved to the suburbs. Mast General is the first major retailer to locate to Main Street since the suburban flight years, which actually included part of the 90's.

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