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Three Main Street America Staff members standing in front of a mural in Marion, Iowa.

Marion, Iowa © Tasha Sams

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We work in collaboration with thousands of local partners and grassroots leaders across the nation who share our commitment to advancing shared prosperity, creating resilient economies, and improving quality of life.

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Two community members in Emporia Kansas pose with a sign saying "I'm a Main Streeter"

Emporia, Kansas © Emporia Main Street

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Made up of small towns, mid-sized communities, and urban commercial districts, the thousands of organizations, individuals, volunteers, and local leaders that make up Main Street America™ represent the broad diversity that makes this country so unique.

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Dionne Baux and MSA partner working in Bronzeville, Chicago.

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Looking for strategies and tools to support you in your work? Delve into the Main Street Resource Center and explore a wide range of resources including our extensive Knowledge Hub, professional development opportunities, field service offerings, advocacy support, and more!

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Transportation determines how we get to the places where we live, work, and play. It is imperative we advance an equity agenda that is people-centered, protects our health, encourages sustainable communities, and gives everyone a voice in stimulating a vibrant economy.”
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Streets for Everyone

For decades, Americans have been infatuated with the perception of freedom that the car can offer. After World War II, this infatuation, paired with concerns about city congestion and desires for urban renewal,” inspired the creation of laws and policies that left lasting, sometimes devastating, marks on the physical and social landscapes of the nation. In many cases, highway construction drove development away from downtowns; white flight” to the suburban periphery encouraged employers to move jobs from city centers; public transit lost significant investment; and many streets became lasting barriers that divided communities instead of connecting them.

Since streets both reflect and shape the communities they serve, they have become incredibly meaningful places for people working to create more equitable cities and communities. All members of the community should be visibly engaging and participating in the activities on Main Street, regardless of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, income, race, ability, national origin, family composition, or mode of transportation. Main Street leaders have an important role to play in ensuring their communities are inclusive, in fostering a culture of equal opportunity, and in protecting their most vulnerable community members.

Car-oriented streets unevenly impact specific groups and demographic categories:

  • People who do not have access to cars
  • Children and older adults
  • Women
  • The LGBTQ community
  • Lower-income people
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • People of color
  • People with disabilities
  • People who do not speak English
  • Families with children
  • Pedestrians and cyclists

People-oriented streets provide benefits:

  • Autonomy
  • Social mobility
  • Sense of Belonging
  • Sense of ownership and stewardship
  • Equal access to all the benefits of Main Street

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