New Book by Mary Means, Founder of the Main Street Movement

November 19, 2020 | New Book by Mary Means, Founder of the Main Street Movement |

Main_Streets_Comeback.jpgMain Street’s Comeback… And How It Can Come Back Again
will hit the shelves in early winter 2020! Written by Mary Means, founder of the Main Street Movement, the book recounts the Main Street program’s origins, chronicles its impact as an influential movement, and describes why its principles and practices continue to be relevant today, especially given the economic challenges small towns face in the wake of COVID-19.

The book is being hailed as a milestone in the field by distinguished practitioners and elected officials, including Ed McMahon, NMSC Board Chairman:

“When America’s small-town main streets were down and out, Mary Means conceived a revolutionary new approach to community revitalization… and spawned a movement that has helped bring thousands of small towns back to life. This book explains how and why this approach worked and why it is more relevant today than ever.”

It's a must-read for community and economic development professionals, civic leaders, placemakers, and everyone in between. Main Street’s Comeback, published by Hammond Press, will be available through independent bookstores as well as the usual large booksellers. Fill out this form to receive notifications about the book’s release and stay tuned for information on you can help spread the word and get your local bookstores to carry this important book!

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About the Author:
Means, a preeminent thought leader in the field of community development, has helped hundreds of communities, regions, states, and NGOs chart a path forward, tackle tough problems, and take charge of their future. In 2019, the American Planning Association recognized her achievements with their highest honor, the Planning Pioneer Award. And at its 2020 conference, the National Trust for Historic Preservation conferred its highest national recognition on her: the prestigious Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award for sustained, superlative achievement in preservation activities with significance for the history and culture of the U.S. Learn more.

Watch Mary’s inspiring words at the Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence on Main Street plenary and the inaugural presentation of a new award named in her honor below: