By National Main Street Center | From Main Street Story of the Week | January 8, 2016 |
No one works harder than Main Street America™'s coordinators, managers, directors, staffers and volunteers. This list is for all of you.
1) You know you're a Main Streeter if you proudly carry your "Shop Small" shopping bags into the big box stores, just to show you really don't go there on a regular basis.
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2) You know you’re a Main Streeter if your naughty word list includes the “P” word….parking.
3) You know you're a Main Streeter if you select a car based on its ability to hold all the stuff you schlep from meeting to event to office to storage and back.
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4) You know you're a Main Streeter if you can quote—and pronounce—Donovan Rypkema and Jon Schallert with equal ease.
5) You know you're a Main Streeter if you quote statistics on the average percentage of a local business's profits which stay in a community vs. a big box—and do so at the drop of a hat.
6) You know you're a Main Streeter if you take photos of trash barrels in other communities to show back home.
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7) You know you’re a Main Streeter when you frequently use words your spellchecker doesn’t recognize like Placemaking, sharrow, and charrette.
8) You know you're a Main Streeter if you carry a pooper scooper baggy with you as you walk down the street just in case—and you don't even own a dog.
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9) You know you're a Main Streeter if you can describe each building in your downtown—its architecture, historical significance, the last five businesses that rented there, why each one left, and quote the rent per square foot. Do you need the realtor's phone number?
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10) You know you're a Main Streeter if you work long hours for little or no pay (thank you volunteers!), complain about the merchants, love the merchants, fight with City Hall, party with City Hall, find the Christmas tree for the square, check the light bulbs, arrange for the ladder truck to string the lights, and wipe away tears when the lights finally come on and the Girl Scouts sing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer slightly off-key but always with gusto. That's how you know you're a Main Streeter.
Special thanks to Robbie Grady for her contributions. Once a Main Streeter, always a Main Streeter, Robbie, now retired, is a veteran of two communities, and still helps to support Downtowns as a SCORE mentor.