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DC Main Streets Program

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DC Main Streets is a comprehensive program that promotes the revitalization of business corridors in the District of Columbia. Created in 2002 through the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Streets serves as the citywide coordinating program that provides services and funding for the 24 Main Streets found in the District of Columbia. Main Streets' mission is to support the traditional retail corridors in the District. DC Main Streets is a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program. As a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program, DC Main Streets helps to lead a powerful, grassroots network consisting of over 40 Coordinating Programs and over 1,200 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

Though our 24 independent, nonprofit neighborhood Main Street programs, we revitalize communities by retaining and recruiting businesses, improving commercial properties and streetscapes, and attracting consumers. Leaders in these neighborhood organizations assist businesses and coordinate sustainable community-driven revitalization efforts in their neighborhoods.

As a result of the DC Main Streets program, the District has seen an increase in new businesses and jobs. In addition, facade improvements and building rehabilitation projects have upgraded the image of the commercial corridors, while marketing and branding efforts have resulted in additional exposure and increased market share.

In FY19, DC Main Streets programs generated the following economic activity:

  • Net Jobs Created: 1,617
  • Net New Businesses: 60
  • Rehabilitation Projects Completed: 64
  • Public Improvement Projects Completed: 20
  • New Construction Projects Completed: 32
  • Miles of streets within Main Streets boundaries: 84.9

Since the DC Main Streets Program was created in 2004, over 600 businesses (net) and 7,500 jobs (net) have been created, and over $350 million have been invested in public improvements.


DC Main Streets builds on the Main Street Approach® that was developed by the National Main Street Center in 1980 to assist commercial revitalization efforts nationwide. The Approach consists of four points which work together to build a sustainable and complete community revitalization effort in the following areas:

  • Organization of commercial revitalization efforts (e.g., developing and sustaining financial and volunteer resources)
  • Promotion of neighborhood commercial districts (e.g., branding campaigns and special events) and individual businesses operating therein;
  • Designs affecting the physical environment of the commercial district (e.g., clean teams and streetscape improvements) and the appearance of business storefronts and interiors;
  • Economic vitality including business retention, recruitment, and expansion

The approach includes an underlying historic preservation ethic and provides local organizations with a mechanism to manage their neighborhood commercial districts and a structure to implement commercial revitalization activities that will achieve the stakeholders’ goals for the commercial district.

DC Main Street Programs

Each DC Main Streets program is organized and led by local volunteers and community development professionals. Each program has different operating structures as defined in their by-laws and operating procedure documents. By grant agreement with DSLBD , each program must have:

  • Broad-based community support for the commercial district revitalization process, with strong support from both the public and private sectors;
  • Well defined vision and mission statements relevant to community conditions and to the local Main Street program's organizational stage;
  • A comprehensive project implementation plan and an adequate operating budget to support it;
  • An operational board;
  • A full-time staff person dedicated to program implementation;
  • Committees staffed by volunteers that align with the Main Street Four Point Approach.

The 2018 active and accredited DC Main Streets programs are:

  1. Barracks Row Main Street
  2. Bladensburg Road Main Street
  3. Cleveland Park Main Street
  4. District Bridges
  5. Destination Congress Heights
  6. Eastern Market Main Street
  7. Georgetown Main Street
  8. Glover Park Main Street
  9. Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets
  10. H Street Main Street
  11. Logan Circle Main Street
  12. Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street
  13. Minnesota Avenue Main Street
  14. North Capitol Main Street
  15. Rhode Island Avenue Main Street
  16. Shaw Main Streets
  17. Tenleytown Main Street
  18. The Parks Main Street
  19. Uptown Main Street
  20. Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street
  21. U Street Main Street
  22. Van Ness Main Streets
  23. Ward 7 Business Partnership
  24. Woodley Park Main Street
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441 4th Street, NW

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441 4th Street, NW