Main Street News - February/March 2009

February/March, 2009 | Volume 259


2009 Great American Main Street Award Winners

Broadway District, Green Bay, Wisconsin: Green Bay's Mall-ternative
By Andrea L. Dono
On Broadway Inc., the Main Street program serving the Broadway District of Green Bay, Wis., worked with community members and its partners to turn a dangerous and economically depressed district into a safe, exciting, and thriving community.

El Dorado, Arkansas
By Andrea L. Dono
From a thriving oil boom town in the 1920s to a fading ghost town in the Great Depression, El Dorado, Ark., endured a boom-to-bust history before reaching greatness once again.

Federal Hill, Baltimore: The Hip Side of the Harbor
By Linda S. Glisson
Urban flight and the redevelopment of Baltimore's waterfront sent businesses and customers from Federal Hill to other districts. Historic preservation, festivals, business assistance, and anti-litter efforts brought those businesses, customers, and new residents back.

Livermore, California: Celebrating Wine Country
By Andrea L. Dono
A community visioning process helped determine how downtown Livermore would be revitalized and meet the needs of local residents, attract tourists, and pay homage to its wine culture heritage. The Main Street approach helped the downtown become a winning destination.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware: The Year 'Round Beach Town
By Linda S. Glisson
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, uses Main Street revitalization to create exciting events and support local businesses to make this beach town a great place to visit and live on and off tourism season.

Network Notes

New York's Western Erie Canal Alliance Selects First Communities
By Andrea L. Dono
The Western Erie Canal Alliance selected the Village of Albion, Village of Lyons, and the City of Lockport as its first designated Main Street communities.