Main Street Foundations Design

Main Street Foundations: Design



Design supports a community’s transformation by enhancing the physical and visual elements of downtown while capitalizing on the unique assets that set the commercial district apart. In this video, we provide an introductory overview of the guiding principles, tools and incentives, and day-to-day and future-focused considerations that propel the Main Street movement.

Whether you are just beginning your journey as a Main Street leader or are looking to refresh your skillset, the Main Street Foundations: Design video and accompanying resources are for you! 

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Dive Deeper

Click on the links below to dive deeper and learn more about Design principles for Main Street communities.

Design Handbook, Main Street America 

Zoning Glossary, Main Street America

ADA Standards for Accessible Design, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

Find Your State Historic Preservation Office, National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers 

NPS Technical Preservation Resources, National Park Service 

Commercial District Design: COVID-19 Response and Management, Main Street America and AARP 

Navigating Main Streets as Places, Project for Public Spaces 

Browse Design Courses, Main Street America Institute



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