Top Blogs of 2020


December 23, 2020 | Top Blogs of 2020 |

Photo credit: Top Row: Maris Yurdana | Myrna Segura-Beltchenko | Bottom Row: Downtown Laramie | Emporia Main Street

As 2020 comes to a close, we're taking a look back at some of our most popular blog posts from the past 12 months. From COVID guidance to inspiring community spotlights, these articles serve as a reminder of all that we have accomplished together as a network despite a very challenging year.


Alberta2.jpgBIPOC Pop-Up Markets on Alberta Street
Abby Armato, Communications Coordinator, NMSC

Over the summer, Alberta Main Street in Portland, Oregon, launched their BIPOC Pop-Ups on Alberta program. This initiative created a weekly market to give street space to micro-enterprises owned by BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, and People of Color] vendors who sell handcrafts, art, apparel, and food. The work happening on Alberta Street is a testament to bringing displaced communities and businesses back. In addition to giving space to established makers and sellers, the BIPOC Pop-Ups also make space for entrepreneurs.







8_26_MattsBlogHeader_Facebook.pngHoliday Shopping During COVID: What Should Main Streets Expect?
Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., Vice President of Revitalization Programs, NMSC

This year presented a much more unique challenge for holiday shopping given the persistent influence of COVID-19 on consumer spending and shopping habits, as well as the importance of trying to recoup lost sales from the roller coaster of shutdowns and reopening guidelines. In this popular Main Spotlight, Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., Vice President of Revitalization Programs provides insight on how to strategically plan and prepare Main Street retailers and districts for a holiday shopping season like none before.







Commercial District Design: Parklets + Pedlets
Part of the Commercial District Design: COVID-19 Response and Management series, produced in collaboration between Main Street America and AARP Livable Communities

In this brief, produced in collaboration with AARP Livable Communities, we explore the history and benefits of parklets and pedlets, outline a series of priorities local leaders should consider when installing these infrastructure elements, and provide examples from cities large and small demonstrating just how important these space-creation strategies can be as part of COVID-19 management efforts.






Community Spotlight: Mexicantown in Detroit, Michigan
Myrna Segura-Beltchenko, Director, Mexicantown-Hubbard Communities Main Street Program

In the early 1920’s, the first Mexican families began to settle in the residential sections around downtown Detroit. With time, families moved further southwest into the area now known as Mexicantown. Today, the neighborhood of Mexicantown is considered one of Detroit’s most treasured neighborhoods. This popular Community Spotlight explores how the Mexicantown Hubbard Communities Main Street Program in Detroit, Michigan, celebrates their neighborhood's cultural traditions and supports its diverse business community.






New Research from Brookings and the National Main Street Center on the Value of Main Street Organizations
Mike Powe, Ph.D., Director of Research, NMSC, and Hanna Love, Senior Research Analyst, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

Earlier this month, the National Main Street Center and the Brookings Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking released new collaborative research focused on the role that place governance organizations, like Main Street programs, play in revitalizing rural downtowns and promoting equitable rural economic and community development. The research briefs represent in-depth insights from on-the-ground data collection conducted in three Main Street communities between February and March 2020— Emporia, Kansas; Laramie, Wyoming; and Wheeling, West Virginia.






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