May-June 2013 Index Page

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President's Note
By Patrice Frey
NMSC President Patrice Frey discusses the renewed importance of placemaking as communities across the country begin to understand the connection between creating quality urban places and attracting new business and residents.

2013 Best Main Streets: Great American Main Street Awards
By Andrea L. Dono
Each year, the National Main Street Center recognizes the best and the brightest Main Street communities that serve as an inspiration and model for commercial district revitalization throughout the nation. Common threads weave together this year’s winners: Ocean Springs, Mississippi; H Street in Washington, D.C., and Rochester, Michigan. Read their inspiring stories.

Moveable Feasts: Can Food Trucks Work in Your Community?
By Julie Glover, CMSM
Food trucks are all the rage from Los Angeles to New York City.  But what if you’re a smaller or midsized community and suddenly food trucks are knocking on your door, asking about your regulations?  What do you do?  How do you handle it?  Denton, Texas, has recently gone through about a year of research, public input, and public hearings to allow food trucks. Find out what they’ve learned and how it can help your community.

MAIN STREET AT WORK Finding Your Way Downtown: Developing a Wayfinding System
By Todd Barman
Wayfinding today is much more than directional signage. It starts before a resident or visitor begins a trip. Find out how to create an effective wayfinding system for your Main Street.

FROM THE FRONT LINE: Creating the Right Business Mix
Author Kristi Trevarrow lists seven tips to help you create the right business mix in your commercial district. How do you balance retail, restaurant, service, and entertainment uses? How do they work with each other? How much is too much?