MAIN STREET USA
The National Main Street Center is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It promotes downtown revitalization as a way for communities to revamp their traditional commercial areas. They offer a four point program and a main street philosophy based upon 8 principals of success. As allied members of the Main Street Center, Cornerstone Kiosk works hand-in-hand with the Main Street approach. We recommend this site as a clearinghouse of information, technical assistance, research and advocacy on behalf of downtown revitalization.
PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES
PPS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining public spaces that build communities. Building Community, Creating Places and Using Common Sense is their motto and they are an outstanding resource for placemakers.
For Downtowns, their placemaking approach goes beyond the typical downtown master planning process: It enables staff and residents to focus on improving the places that are most important to them.
For Campuses, The desirability of a university is often judged by its sense of place. PPS helps academic institutions create a collection of distinct gathering places that catalyze interaction and bring the campus to life.
KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL, INC.
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community improvement network. The more than 540 affiliates of Keep America Beautiful are improving the looks, vitality and economic integrity of their communities by beautifying their surroundings in ways that make a huge difference. Neighborhoods that are beautiful to look at are beautiful to live in, work in and visit. This website also provides practical advice, great ideas, and time-tested tools with their Toolbox for Community Change.
INTERNATIONAL DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION
A directory of U.S. downtown revitalization organizations, programs and resources.