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 89 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 restructuring, 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.
Number of volunteer hours dedicated to local Main Street programs since 2001, valued at more than $35 million
April 2017 MS Matters Edition
Latest edition of the Main Street Matters is all new. Read here to see a spotlight on Paris. Plus there is a technical article discussing the NEW DowntownTX.org web application that will be available in the near future.
First Lady's Visit
A three-decade Texas Main Street tradition, First Lady of Texas, Mrs. Cecilia Abbott, visited Buda and Linden, the two newest Texas Main Street communities, on April 18. There were outdoor ceremonies and receptions in Buda on Main Street in the morning, and then in Linden in at the restored Cass County Courthouse in the afternoon. Welcome to Texas Main Street, Buda and Linden!