Main Street News Cover - 2003/02

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Feature Article:
Raising Program Visibility:
Educating Public Officials About Main Street

Advocacy. The word alone freezes many revitalization program managers in their tracks. What does it mean—lobbying, or something else? Is it time consuming? Does it require high-placed political contacts?

Network Notes

Find out how downtown Spokane, Wash., has boosted its image through a courtesy parking ticket program. See how local schools and businesses are cashing in on a receipt drive in Bastrop, La., and read about an exciting business plan contest that partnered Berlin Main Street with New Hampshire Public Radio. If health insurance coverage is a concern on your main street, check out the new health care program for local business owners in Durant, Okla.

Off the Shelf

NMSC staffer Nick Kalogeresis reviews Stalking Detroit, a collection of essays and photographs that document how this Michigan metropolis rapidly rose to wealth and power only to spiral just as quickly into the devastation of mass abandonment and demolition.


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National Town Meeting

Take a look at the tours we have planned for this year’s Town Meeting in Cincinnati, May 18-21, 2003. From downtown Cincinnati to nearby Ohio Main Street communities and historic river towns in northern Kentucky, we’ve put together some terrific on-site learning experiences.