Main Street Now July/August 2010

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2010 Great American Main Street Awards
by Andrea L. Dono and Linda S. Glisson

Read the success stories and become inspired by this year’s GAMSA winners: Paducah, Kentucky – home of the frequently replicated Artist Relocation Program; Ferndale, Michigan – where a model has been set for engaging a vibrant and active LGBT community; Columbus, Mississippi –proof that partnership building yields place making and Dozen Distinctive Destination status; Lee’s Summit, Missouri – where the Vision of the Heart master plan paved the way for smart growth; and Fairmont, West Virginia – which has been making community connections and transportation connections via its transformative bridge project.

The State of Main Street Report – 2010
by Doug Loescher

This statistics- and success story-filled report provides a recap of the National Main Street Trends Report presentation that Doug Loescher gave during the 2010 National Main Streets Conference Opening Plenary. Get National Reinvestment Statistics and cool idea after cool idea of interesting projects happening on Main Streets all over the nation.

20 Years of Main Street in New Jersey
by Heather McCall, AICP

Founded in 1989, Main Street New Jersey hit a significant benchmark and has a lot to be proud of. From its strengths as a statewide coordinating program to supporting innovative initiatives happening at the local level – this program has been very busy for 20 years! Read case studies about Highland Park’s eco-Village, Hammonton’s benchmark for being the longest-running local NJ program, Westfield’s independent businesses niche, Millville’s smart planning strategies, Salem’s nonprofit developer successes, and Jersey City’s CDC’s extensive rehabs.

Main Street in 3D: Meet the Five Communities
by Andrea L. Dono

The National Trust Main Street Center, Igloo Studios, and Google are very excited to get the five communities selected for Main Streets in 3D - a project that helps local programs learn Google SketchUp™ and Earth™ so they can create 3D renderings of their districts. Find out which communities are paving the way for using 3D tools as revitalization and preservation tools and what they have planned for the coming year.

Main Street at Work: Designing a Marketplace
by Todd Barman

This new column makes it debut! We will begin looking at important Main Street Four-Point Approach topics in each issue to bring you 101- and 201-level fundamentals. In this issue, find out what's happening on Main Streets now - the best strategies for filling vacancies in your district.

Network Notes
by Andrea L. Dono

The NTMSC and Project for Public Spaces have selected Tupelo, Mississippi, as a pilot site for a joing placing making project; Sarasota County, Florida, proves that mixed-use buildings generate more tax revenue than those sprawling commercial centers; “Road Diets” are proven to reduce crashes; Money Magazine lists nine Main Streets in its top 100 places to live; a helpful online guide provides tips for making your festival authentic; and the National Trust launches a guide to help you navigate the new EPA lead-based paint regulations.