Jan/Feb 2013

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The Housing Primer that Isn’t Just About Housing
by Andrea L. Dono
Research and trends are championing a growing preference for urban living among all age groups, from Millennials to retiring Boomers. Any Main Street district that is working to make its community more livable has a shot at attracting residents, but Main Street housing doesn’t exist in a vacuum. The commercial and residential sectors not only complement each other; they depend on each other. Find out how in our Housing Primer.

Harrisonburg, Virginia: Kickstarting the Downtown with Housing
by Andrea L. Dono
When Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance was launched in 2003, the downtown of this Virginia community had approximately 150 housing units, almost all of which were affordable housing. Ten years later, the district has more than 500 units, many of which are upper-scale or luxury apartments.See how housing has helped kickstart the downtown's revitalization.

Jackson, Mississippi: A Brighter Future for Belhaven
by Conan Cheong
See how a strong partnership between the local Main Street program and a health care organization has produced major improvements to this historic commercial district in Jackson, Mississippi.

From the Front Line: Going Beyond Events
by Kristi Trevarrow
Events are a great draw, but what are you doing the rest of the year to bring people downtown? Kristi Trevarrow offers tips for “going beyond events” to market downtown through consistent, focused year-round efforts.