Main Street will continue to be a success story – and long-blighted North Main Street should be sharing in that revitalization.
A busy, energetic Main Street is the core of the city. Its shops, law offices and banks are the spine of downtown. The Main Street corridor also is where a great deal of downtown’s new residents will live.
Meanwhile, more than $75 million in public investment will have helped convert North Main Street, for several blocks north of Elmwood Avenue, into a widened, beautified street, with buried power lines and pedestrian- and bicycling-friendly sidewalks. That investment will attract multi-family housing, businesses and shops to an area surrounded by both white and African-American neighborhoods.
• Can Main Street and North Main Street revitalize seamlessly?
• Can shops, restaurants and bars strike a balance to make the street lively during both the day and at night?
• How will North Main Street develop? Will residents will be able to shop and have fun in their own neighborhood rather than have to travel to buy groceries, shop and stroll?