Sunday, August 14, 2016
Journeys Into From the National Main Street Center: “Making Your market A Dynamic Community Place”

From the National Main Street Center: “Making Your market A Dynamic Community Place”

Last spring, the National Main Street Center (NMSC) and Project for Public Spaces (PPS) presented “Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities”–a series of two-day Placemaking trainings in five states. As part of this program, PPS developed a free, downloadable guide on how to plan a community-oriented market that can also become an important economic driver. Read Article

Posted by: Admin August 14, 20166:55 pm
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Journeys Into A Christmas Shopping Scene

A Christmas Shopping Scene

Frustrated by the notion of fighting traffic and crowds at the Mall ? You know there is another way (in addition to online shopping). Here is a classic shot from Iowa to remind us what it used to be like. Photo Credit: Muscatine Journal ShareFollow

Posted by: Admin December 5, 20156:13 pm
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Journeys Into What is Main Street ?

What is Main Street ?

  We prefer Main Streets to Malls. Walkable sidewalk communtities to endless sterile parking lots on on what were once farms, fields or forests. So, in the days ahead we wil be talking and sharing about Main Strett, Elm Street and Oak Street. And, about community. For now we start with this statement from the Read Article

Posted by: Admin September 3, 20155:02 pm
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Journeys Into Recalling the History & Heritage of a SW Manitoba Community

Recalling the History & Heritage of a SW Manitoba Community

An interesting festival caught our attention. The summary read: See the red-serge uniforms of the North West Mounted Police against the blue prairie sky. Kick up your heels to the music of Mark Morisseau, the best Métis fiddler in the land. Have flashbacks watching the retro-fashion show of glad rags spanning the 20th century. Smell Read Article

Posted by: Admin July 8, 20154:29 pm
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Journeys Into “On the Road” or “Main Street” as an Affirmation of Shared Cultural Values and Symbols

“On the Road” or “Main Street” as an Affirmation of Shared Cultural Values and Symbols

It is clear to most that the advent of television in the Post World War II years played in important part in helping to define who we were an what we were about – purveyors and creators of popular culture. But there were other sources as well There are the places that are actual “All-American” Read Article

Posted by: Admin June 25, 20153:54 am
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Journeys Into Main Street as a Metaphor for What We Share In Common

Main Street as a Metaphor for What We Share In Common

In a recent posting on this site, we wrote of being informed, entertained and inspired by Miles Orvell’s, The Death and Life of Main Street: Small Towns in American Memory, Space, and Community (2012, The University of North Carolina Press). These inspiration triggered a number of follow-up postings based on themes raised by Orvell. This Read Article

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Journeys Into “Main Street” as a Place and as an Idea

“Main Street” as a Place and as an Idea

Notions of Main Street, the American Road, and hometown neighborhoods have long had a powerful hold on our notions of self. It was still only recently that Main Street became a powerful symbol to us all – a counterpoint to the excesses on Wall Street. Unlike the symbol of capitalism in New York’s financial district, Read Article

Posted by: Admin June 23, 201510:57 pm
Monday, June 22, 2015
Journeys Into The Role of Main Street in American Memory, Space and Community

The Role of Main Street in American Memory, Space and Community

As we journey together, the journeys are multi-faceted. There is a physical journey – such as a Journey into Hidden America or Canada. But there is an emotional aspect at well. We not only go to places beyond the interstate (whether Main Street or “off the beaten path”) to chronicle interesting activities, places and individuals Read Article

Posted by: Admin June 22, 20157:52 pm