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Main Spotlight: Why the Census Matters to Main Street

September 15, 2020 | Main Spotlight: Why the Census Matters to Main Street | By: Abby Armato, Communications Coordinator, NMSC It is vital to our nation’s Main Streets and their communities that as many people as possible complete the 2020 Census. Occurring every 10 years, the U.S. Census...


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Main Spotlight: Historic Walking Tours are Perfect for the Uncertain World of Today

September 9, 2020 | Main Spotlight: Historic Walking Tours are Perfect for the Uncertain World of Today | By: Ron Cook, distrx CEO and Co-founder It’s a beautiful Sunday morning, and your Main Street is just waking up. Your reopening is going fairly well, all things considered, but you...


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Main Spotlight: Holiday Shopping During COVID: What Should Main Streets Expect?

August 26, 2020 | Holiday Shopping During COVID: What Should Main Streets Expect? | By: Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., Vice President of Revitalization Programs, NMSC | While August may seem a little early for most to think about the holiday shopping season, this time represents a critical period...


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Main Spotlight: BIPOC Pop-Up Markets on Alberta Street

August 20, 2020 | Main Spotlight: BIPOC Pop-Up Markets on Alberta Street | By: Abby Armato, Communications Coordinator, NMSC | Mother-daughter small business, expanding their customer base on Alberta for Jamaican sea moss gel supplements. Photo credit: Maris Yurdana Many...


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Small Business COVID Resiliency: 12 Ways to Reimagine Your Business Model

August 6, 2020 | Small Business COVID Resiliency: 12 Ways to Reimagine Your Business Model | By: Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., Vice President of Revitalization Programs | As we approach the five-month mark of the global pandemic within the U.S., Main Street businesses are still adapting to the ever...


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Main Spotlight: The ADA at 30: The Power of Inclusion on Main Street

July 23, 2020 | Main Spotlight: The ADA at 30: The Power of Inclusion on Main Street | By: Steve Wright, Disability Rights Advocate | I adore main streets, historic districts, restaurant rows, quirky corridors and all the unique urban flavor they deliver with mom and pop shops, sidewalk cafes...


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Commercial District Design: Public Amenities

July 22, 2020 | Commercial District Design: Public Amenities | The quality of infrastructure and amenities is not only important to a district’s basic functioning, but also has a direct impact on whether it is a great place. In recent years, entrepreneurs and employers alike are...


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Commercial District Design: Parklets + Pedlets

July 15, 2020 | Commercial District Design: Parklets + Pedlets | In light of COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, local leaders across the country are increasingly looking to parklet and pedlet programs as an easy, quick, and relatively inexpensive design solution to create more physical...


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Commercial District Design: Open Streets + Design

July 9, 2020 | Commercial District Design: Open Streets + Design | From big cities to rural towns, communities around the world are temporarily opening streets to people by closing them to trucks and cars. These open streets programs and initiatives are meant to encourage walking, biking,...


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COVID-19 and the Impact on Retail: Part 2

July 2, 2020 | COVID-19 and the Impact of Retail: Part 2 | By: Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., Vice President of Revitalization Programs, NMSC | This article is part of the COVID-19 Trends Blog Series. In Part 1 of “COVID-19 and the Impact on Retail,” we examined what are likely to be longer...