Why Main Streets Matter
www.preservation.org Can malls and discount centers take the place of traditional districts? The answer is a resounding ‘NO’. Here are some reasons why your Main Street is so important:
- Commercial districts are prominent employment centers
- The commercial district is a reflection of community image, pride, prosperity and level of investment
- Main Street represents a significant portion of the Village’s tax base
- Main Street is the historic core of the community
- A healthy Main Street core protects property values in surrounding residential neighborhoods
- The commercial district offers convenience to neighboring residents by providing easy access and reducing reliance on auto dependent shopping
- The district is often a center for government offices as well as an important service center for attorneys, physicians, insurance and other services.
- Main Street provides an important civic forum for members to congregate at parades, special events and other celebrations.
- The commercial district represents a huge public and private investment. Imagine how much it would cost to re-create all of the buildings and infrastructure in your downtown.