July-August Index Page
Download the July/August 2012 Issue (Members only)
The Director's Column: The Next Chapter
National Trust Executive Vice President and Chief Preservation Officer David J. Brown discusses the 30-year success of the Main Street program and its need to evolve to remain a leading model for community revitalization in the 21st century.
Illinois Main Street: Back on Track
Find out how Illinois has reinvigorated its Main Street program and brought it "back on track" to inspire, promote, and redevelop downtowns throughout the state.
Illinois Main Street Case Studies
by Donna Ann Harris
Take a look at the distinctive ways four Illinois Main street communities are revitalizing their downtowns, from creating "Curb Appeal" in Carbondale to capitalizing on heritage tourism in Pontiac.
T-BIZ: Empowering Teens to Invest in Their Communities
by Erica L. Shames
See how Milton, Pennsylvania has cretaed an entrepreneurial training program to educate and encourage teenagers to create and operate an incubator business in their downtown.
Hope Rewarded in Bastrop, Louisiana
by Conan Cheong
A happy ending to a preservation story seven years in the making came when the 1927 schoolhouse in Bastrop, Louisiana, reopened its doors as an apartment complex for senior citizens.
by Margie Johnson
From a "Sea of Sameness" to a "Sea of Smiles," find out why customers leave and what it takes to bring them back. And learn the 10 questions business owners need to ask to build customer loyalty.
Linda Glisson and Conan Cheong
Congratulations to the Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico, which made Main Street history in July, and to the 12 Main Street towns that were winners or finalistis in the "Best of the Road" contest, sponsored by Rand Mcnally and USA Today. Tour 300 years of history in Frederick, Maryland, and check out "Art You Can Sit On" in Idaho Falls.