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Using Main Streets As a Tool for Revitalization in DC
December 13, 2016 | 5:30 p.m. ET
Note: This event will take place at the Cambria Hotel & Suites Washington, D.C. Convention Center, 899 O St. NW. Following the event, join us for a happy hour at Lost & Found, 1240 9th St. NW.
Based on the idea that a strong Main Street is a reflection of strong community, the Main Streets approach focuses on preservation-based economic development and community revitalization. The DC Main Streets Program launched in 2002 and serves as a coordinating program, providing support for 10 non-profit Main Streets organizations representing commercial corridors in DC.
Shaw Main Streets has been a DC Main Streets local program since 2003. In 2016, it won the 2016 Great American Main Street Award for its success in bringing nearly $3 billion in private and public investment to the neighborhood, attracting and supporting over 250 new businesses, adding thousands of new residents in new market rate and affordable housing, and doing so without the type of displacement of low and moderate income families that often accompanies revitalization.
Cristina Amoruso's presentation will focus on DC Main Streets' role in revitalizing the city's historic commercial corridors; she will discuss best practices and lessons learned as well as case studies. Alexander Padro will share some of the successes Shaw Main Streets has achieved and strategies they've used to lead an equitable urban revitalization effort.
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