While normally Virginians hunker down during the hottest and coldest months, sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic has invigorated within some people a desire to be outside when normally they would have stayed home. Our neighboring Main Street programs in the Northeast, Midwest and Mountain states can offer many ideas that celebrate winter in … More Activating Outdoor Spaces in Winter
Recently, the Garden Club of Virginia (GCV) celebrated urban landscapes at its fall forum, recognizing the Main Street programs of both Gloucester and Lexington, Virginia for their efforts to bring shade, flowers and fresh greenery into historic hardscapes through innovative techniques and plantings. Techniques highlighted by the GCV include: Large-Scale Self-Watering Planters: These planters are … More Lexington and Gloucester, VA Recognized by Garden Club of Virginia for Innovative Greening of Hardscapes
Spanning seven years and seven blocks, St. Paul finally completed its comprehensive downtown infrastructure project in 2019. Lead by the town, with input from St. Paul Tomorrow’s Design Committee in the early stages, this $16 million project reconstructed the stormwater system, sidewalks, curbing, roadways, crosswalks, water lines and sanitary sewer lines. The need for upgrading … More 2020 Best Public Improvement Project: St. Paul
Due to the COVID-19 limitations, the spring Rev Ups will now be a free, two-part webinar series airing on April 22 and 29, 11 a.m.-noon. Check out details and registration below. A Virginia Main Street Webinar Series Upper Story Housing Development Part 1: Understand the Field – April 22 Part 2: Explore the Opportunities – … More Spring Rev Ups now a two-part webinar series
Reprinted from New River Valley Livability Initiative: http://nrvlivability.org/refreshing-radford-and-making-main-street-pop/ Boosting the curb appeal of local shopping and business districts is a cornerstone of any revitalization effort. Radford businesses are currently sprucing up their storefronts all over The River City by taking advantage of a program that aims to help them do just that. Radford POP! is … More Refreshing Radford and Making Main Street POP!
Do you know of a vacant lot that could be a joyful gathering place? A blank wall that could be a canvas? A cracked sidewalk that could be a memorable journey through local history? These scenarios envision potential outcomes that uplift and enliven through placemaking. Placemaking inspires people to collectively reinvent public spaces as the … More Webinar – Public Spaces, Community Places
“Hopewell is one of those cities in which 10 years ago not many people had much hope for the future, but following Main Street and complete streets principles have changed the city in a way few people thought possible. Changing the highway feel of our main roads to a more walkable, bikeable space is making … More Hopewell: Safer, Healthier, and More Sustainable
Here are some upcoming Virginia Main Street training opportunities you won’t want to miss! Virginia Main Street WebinarHistoric Preservation: A Springboard for Economic DevelopmentOctober 3, 2019Noon – 1 PM Presented by Kathy O. Frazier, AIA, Frazier Associates Historic preservation IS the foundation of Main Street programs in over 2,000 communities creating new jobs and businesses … More Not To Miss! Upcoming Main Street Training Opportunities
Our guest blogger is Hopewell Downtown Partnership Executive Director Evan Kaufman. Over the last 8 years, we have worked hard to facilitate the rehab of downtown properties, recruit new businesses, plan events and festivals, and develop strong partnerships. While we will continue these strategies, it’s time to start implementing some creative place-making strategies to get … More Place-making: Creating a Downtown Where People Want to Be
Register now to attend Downtown Intersections, presented by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development‘s Virginia Main Street Program, in partnership with the Downtown Lynchburg Association and the city of Lynchburg. This event promises a packed schedule full of sessions spanning topics geared toward economic vitality and design, as well as a practitioner’s studio … More Downtown Intersections: Early Bird Registration Now Open!