The national Main Street revitalization effort for historic downtowns was formed more than 35 years ago, and there has been a statewide Texas program since that time operating through the Texas Historical Commission. The Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) is one of the oldest and largest in the nation, with 88 fully designated communities. The program was brought to Texas by Anice Read, a former member of the Texas Historical Commission, who also served as first director of the state Main Street effort in 1981.
The mission of the TMSP is "to provide technical expertise, resources and support for Texas communities in the preservation and revitalization of historic downtowns and commercial neighborhood districts in accord with the National Main Street Four Point Approach® of organization, economic vitality, design and promotion." At the TMSP, staff work on a daily basis with our 89 designated communities to help them reach their revitalization and preservation goals through the framework of the Approach®. This methodology provides the necessary tools for local communities to effectively address the issues downtowns face.
The TMSP is part of the Community Heritage Development Division of the Texas Historical Commission and operates in affiliation with the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 1981, following a pilot project of the national center that studied ways to address the decline of America's downtowns, the TMSP became one of the first six statewide coordinating programs in the nation.
A new set of videos from Main Street America shows the power of Main Street’s potential: to revive local economies, bring communities together, and forge the future for cities and towns across the country. The videos feature scenes from Main Streets across the country, as well as insight from experts and practitioners. We invite you to view the full video below, as well as the teaser.
Reinvestment in designated Main Street communities since 1981
First Lady Cecilia Abbott visits Texas' newest Main Street communities
Continuing a 37-year tradition for the Texas Main Street Program, Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott joined the THC in a visit to Temple and Pearsall May 1, 2018 to welcome these newest Main Street communities. Ceremonies and receptions were held in both towns.
Main Street in Motion Day
By proclamation, April 16 was named “Main Street in Motion Day” in San Marcos to celebrate recent accomplishments that included among others National Accreditation for 19 consecutive years; becoming live on www.downtownTX.org; having downtown selected by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association as a “Great Neighborhood;” and receiving a grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority for downtown beautification.