The Texas Main Street program welcomes our newest designated Main Street communities of Caldwell, Sealy and Waco. They officially entered the program January 1, 2014.
The national Main Street revitalization effort for historic downtowns was formed more than 30 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 more than 80 fully designated communities.
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.
The First Lady's Tour to 2013 Main Street communities of Childress, San Augustine and Cuero was March 28, 2013. See the Becoming a Main Street Community page for a presentation of images from these well-attended events. The 2014 First Lady's visit to Caldwell, Sealy and Waco is scheduled for March 27, 2014.
2013 Texas Main Street community. Described as the Cradle of Texas Independence for its prominent place in Texas history.
The newest Main Street communities
Congratulations to the three newly designated Texas Main Street communities: Caldwell, Sealy and Waco. The network now consists of 87 cities of all sizes all across Texas!
Newest issue of Main Street Matters
The February Main Street Matters profiles our 2013 designated main street communities, Childress, Cuero, and San Augustine. Each city shows how they reflected on the completion of their first year in the program and the many successes they had. Also featured is a design article on bat eradication in historic buildings. Go to Main Street Matters.