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COVID-19 and the Impact of 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 | A greater percentage of households will likely start gardens in their yards or balconies post-COVID, leading to more business opportunities on niche seed...


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Community Spotlight: A Month-Long Snapshot of Racial Equity Advocacy on Main Streets

July 2, 2020 | Community Spotlight: A Month-Long Snapshot of Racial Equity Advocacy on Main Streets | By: Abby Armato, Communications Coordinator, NMSC | A new block-long mural in Gallup MainStreet Arts & Cultural District . Photo Credit: Ramona Emerson Against a background of...


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Speak Up for Main Street: New Opportunities and Support

July 1, 2020 | Speak Up for Main Street: New Opportunities and Support | By: Patrice Frey, President & CEO, NMSC | Dear Main Street America Network, Since the onset of the pandemic, every Main Street program has found innovative ways to support small businesses while recognizing that...


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UrbanMain Communities Stand Against Racism

June 24, 2020 | UrbanMain Communities Stand Against Racism Mural by Shannon Harris. Photo credit: Mia Watkins. In response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, the National Main Street Center’s President and CEO Patrice Frey shared a letter...


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COVID-19 Community Response Roundup: Ideas from the UrbanMain Network

June 24, 2020 | COVID-19 Community Response Roundup: Ideas from the UrbanMain Network The SoMA Outdoor Dining Room in Little Rock, Arkansas. Photo courtesy of Downtown Little Rock Partnership. The COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery blog series features ideas and approaches that...


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Neighborhood News: Community Wealth Building and Equity

June 24, 2020 | Neighborhood News: Community Wealth Building and Equity | By: Dionne Baux, Director of Urban Programs, NMSC | Alberta Main Street in Portland, Oregon. Photo credit: Notice Pictures Greetings Neighborhood News subscribers! As I write my blog post for this edition of ...


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Member Spotlight: East Oakland Black Cultural Zone

June 24, 2020 | East Oakland Black Cultural Zone Spotlight | By Amanda Elliott, Senior Program Officer and Director of California Programs, NMSC Community members participate in a meeting in East Oakland. Photo courtesy of East Oakland Black Cultural Zone Collaborative We are excited to...


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Honoring Juneteenth on Main Street

June 19, 2020 | Honoring Juneteenth on Main Street | By: Dionne Baux, Director of Urban Programs, NMSC | Juneteenth is a testament to the perseverance that defines the American spirit. It honors the long and still-unfinished road to freedom and self-determination for all. – Renee’ Graham...


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Juneteenth across the Network

June 19, 2020 | Juneteenth across the Network | By: Abby Armato, Communications Coordinator, NMSC | Main Street communities across the nation are celebrating Juneteenth, the oldest national commemoration of the ending of slavery in America. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 th that...


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COVID-19 Community Response Roundup: Tote Bags for Relief Funds & Curbside Concessions

June 18, 2020 | COVID-19 Community Response Roundup: Tote Bags for Relief Funds & Curbside Concessions | By: Abby Armato, Communications Coordinator, NMSC | Photo credit: Rhode Island Avenue Main Street The COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery blog series features ideas and...