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Main Street

June 10, 2021, 8am PDT
Despite the economic blow dealt by last year's lockdowns, business districts in smaller cities like Wilkes-Barre managed to weather the crisis.
The New York Times
July 23, 2019, 9am PDT
Some love it; some hate it: The main drag of Downtown Los Gatos, at the southern end of the South Bay Area, got a complete streets makeover.
The Mercury News
May 7, 2019, 9am PDT
Downtown revitalization can be a small town planning priority too.
Next City
April 28, 2019, 5am PDT
In attempt to design buildings that convey the complexity and scale of the traditional Main Street, we frequently end up with buildings that are a cartoon version of the real thing. Perhaps we are trying too hard?
CNU Public Square
March 24, 2019, 11am PDT
How can a three-day design workshop make a difference? Be a strong local partner able to convene community. Rob Steuteville at CNU Public Square shares lessons learned.
CNU Public Square
September 25, 2018, 7am PDT
Oakland County, Michigan has announced an initiative to attract and retain retail businesses.
Crain's Detroit Business
March 5, 2018, 12pm PST
Mills 50, just northeast of Downtown Orlando, has been reborn as the city's Main Street and has helped spur development, investment, and interest in Orlando's urban core.
Modern Cities
June 5, 2017, 1pm PDT
A shake-up at the U.S. Department of Agriculture will likely impact the delivery of support and programs from the federal government to rural communities.
Modern Farmer
December 13, 2016, 10am PST
What Makes a Good Main Street Work? Kaid Benfield uses Corning, New York, to illustrate five key elements.
PlaceShakers
November 6, 2016, 7am PST
Small towns can teach big cities about effective roadway designs.
Modern Cities
June 6, 2016, 1pm PDT
Once only accessible to pedestrians and Metro Rail, Main Street in Buffalo is seeing automobile traffic and business investment again.
The Buffalo News
March 8, 2016, 1pm PST
Need some pointers on how to make downtown retail sing? Check out Hazel Borys' crib notes on Bob Gibbs' directions.
PlaceShakers
November 14, 2015, 1pm PST
Using Greenwood, Indiana as an example, Eric McAfee discusses how the value of individual suburban malls depreciates over time. Shiny new shopping centers compensate for inevitable vacancies in older ones.
Urban Indy
November 1, 2015, 9am PST
For the center of the hipster universe, the Brooklyn Chamber's recommendations may come as a surprise.
Crains New York Business
July 10, 2015, 12pm PDT
A feature in the Houston Chronicle explores the economic segregation of Houston along the axis of Main Street—with low income neighborhoods like Independence Heights to the north and affluent neighborhoods like Old Braeswood to the south.
Houston Chronicle
January 14, 2015, 2pm PST
Fusion lists three cities as examples of new immigrants becoming the face of community businesses in neighborhoods needing a boost.
Fusion
August 25, 2014, 11am PDT
A new article from Smart Growth America portrays the successes of placemaking in communities as diverse as Soldotna, Alaska (population 4,163), Orlando, and Philadelphia.
Smart Growth America
December 2, 2013, 8am PST
Eight years after downtown Rochester sparked a retail resurgence along its Main Street with a holiday light display, small towns across Metro Detroit are following suit to create a sense of place and lure shoppers away from boring big boxes.
The Detroit News
Blog post
June 3, 2013, 6am PDT
Small business owners who drive themselves nuts arguing against the reuse of on-street parking with other balanced transportation solutions is a shame because there is so much good data to prove it's actually very good for business.
Ian Sacs
December 16, 2012, 9am PST
Lindsey Millar reports on a proposed Creative Corridor plan for Little Rock, calling it “vivid and grandiose, full of all the sorts of things New Urbanists salivate over - a pedestrian promenade, rain gardens, street furniture, [and] LED lighting.."
Arkansas Times