Main Street Maryland (MSM)

MAIN STREET MARYLAND (MSM) is a comprehensive downtown revitalization program created in 1998 by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.Main_Street_MD_2012_logo200x120px

The program strives to strengthen the economic potential of Maryland’s traditional main streets and neighborhoods.  Using a competitive process, Main Street Maryland selects communities who have made a commitment to succeed and helps them improve the economy, appearance and image of their traditional downtown business districts.  To accomplish Main Street goals, DHCD has partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center, which developed the Main Street Four Point Approach for commercial revitalization.  Beginning in 2008, Main Street Maryland programs will also incorporate a Fifth Point: Clean, Safe, and Green.  This approach emphasizes the importance of working simultaneously in the following areas:

    Enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging supportive new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning
    Building consensus and cooperation among the many groups and individuals who have a role in the revitalization process
    Marketing the traditional commercial district’s assets to customers, potential investors, new businesses, local citizens and visitors
    Strengthening the district’s existing economic base while finding ways to expand it to meet new opportunities and challenges from outlying development
    Enhancing the perception of a neighborhood through the principles of Smart Growth and sustainability


Main Street Maryland (MSM) map

Main Street MD Communities & Year of Designation

data from 2012

 Main Street Maryland Communities
 Annapolis  2008  Dundalk  2004  Mount Airy  2004
 Bel Air  2001  Easton  1998  Oakland  1998
 Berlin  2008  Elkton  2003  Princess Anne  2008
 Brunswick  2004  Ellicott City  Salisbury  2001
 Cambridge  2003  Frederick  2001  Takoma Park  2004
 Chestertown  2008  Frostburg  2001  Taneytown  2000
 Cumberland  1998  Havre de Grace  2005  Thurmont  2005
 Denton  1999  Middletown 2008  Westminster  1999
  Baltimore Main Street Communities
  Main Street Maryland partners with Baltimore City Main Streets
 Belair-Edison Main Street
 Brooklyn Main Street
 East Monument Street Main Street
 Federal Hill Main Street
 Fell’s Point Main Street
 Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street
 Highlandtown Main Street
 Pennsylvania Avenue Main Street
 Pigtown Main Street / Washington Village
 Waverly Main Street

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