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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 folks at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street program:

What is Main Street ?

We all know where our Main Streets are, but do we know what they are and why they matter? Whether they are named First Avenue or Water Street or Martin Luther King Boulevard, what they represent is universal. Main Streets are the traditional center for social, cultural, and economic activity for their communities. They are the big stage, the core of the community. Our Main Streets tell us who we are and who we were, and how the past has shaped us. We do not go to bland suburbs or enclosed shopping malls to learn about our past, explore our culture, or discover our identity. Our Main Streets are the places of shared memory where the entire community still comes together to live, work, and play.

So what is Main Street?  The phrase has been used to describe everything from our nostalgic past to our current economic woes, but when we talk about Main Street®, we are thinking of real places doing real work to revitalize their communities and preserve their character. Specifically, Main Street® is three things: a proven strategy for revitalization, a powerful network of linked communities, and a national support program that leads the field.

Stay tuned. More to come on this topic.

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