As Communities Evolve, Public City Markets Strive to Remain Relevant

F​aced with slim profit margins and new competition, Baltimore’s public market operators are refocusing on the roles these institutions were always intended to play: serving their neighborhoods with healthful, accessible foods, and supporting local entrepreneurs. Read more... Read more

Secrets of Successful Communities

​Ed McMahon, chairman of the National Main Street Center board, discusses the common characteristics of successful communities. Communities with visions are going to be more successful than communities without a plan, he said, noting the importance of having a vision for the future that is aligned with the community’s assets. Read more... Read more

Kentucky Main Street Program Communities Contributed $110M to State Economy in 2016

The Kentucky Main Street Program announced that 39 participating communities reported a total investment of $110 million in their commercial downtown districts in 2016, a number that includes $75 million of private investment matched by nearly $31 million in public improvements. Since the program’s inception in 1979, KYMS can document more than $3.9 billion of public-private investment throughout the Commonwealth. Read more... Read more

The Secret to a Happy, Healthy City? Places for People to Protest

What makes a city great? More and more research says that open public spaces and streets are a key to making a city great. These are where people gather naturally, to socialize and, in a politicized time, to protest. And those two functions make public space the key to the economic and social health of cities. Read more... Read more
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