Save the Date: Twitter Chat on Main Streets, Tomorrow, April 11, at 4pm

Posted on: April 10th, 2012 by Sarah Heffern 1 Comment

Ask any preservation fan where they prefer to shop -- on Main Street or at a strip mall -- and I'd be willing to bet upwards of 90% of them would first look at you like you were insane, and then confirm what you already suspected -- their hearts (and wallets) are with their local downtowns.

Vintage postcard from Andrews, North Carolina. (Image: Cowtools on Flickr)

But in a time that prizes big box over mom and pop, how have Main Streets become those places that we love so much? A big reason is the ideals that have been promoted by the National Trust Main Street Center for more than 30 years. Hot off the heels of another successful National Main Streets conference, we'll be joined by our friends at Main Street for this month's Twitter chat.

We'll discuss challenges facing Main Streets, cool adaptive reuse projects, and -- because on a Twitter chat, how could we not? -- how technology (online directories, social media, etc.) impact how people find and interact with local businesses.

We'll be online from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. EDT tomorrow, Wednesday, April 11.

Here’s how to participate in the chat:

1. Sign in to Twitter, TweetDeck or TweetChat. We (the chat moderators) usually use TweetChat since it adds the hash tag automatically and allows for easy replies and re-tweets.

2. Follow and tweet with the hashtag #builtheritage.

3. Watch for the questions in the Q1 format. Provide answers using the A1 format, and interact with other participants using replies and retweets.

Oh, and what we mean by the Q1/A1 format is this: Questions (we usually have four per chat) are posed by the moderators as Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 about every 15 minutes. We ask that chatters reply with A1, A2, etc. to help everyone stay clear on what they’re responding to. A lot of side conversations and such still break out, but it helps keep things at least a little organized.

In the event you can't join us, don't worry - we'll have a transcript available online within a few days. Hope to chat with you tomorrow!

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

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One Response

  1. Matt Pujo

    April 12, 2012

    It is typical for a Main Streets organization (which boasts their membership with the National Trust) to dismiss historically significant architecture? It is also typical for anyone associated with the National Trust to not even promote an upcoming demolition delay hearing? This seems to be the the case in Beverly, MA. Our city’s historic commission recently issued a one-year demolition delay for a downtown Victorian but our Main Streets organization was a no show. Its executive director later stated that she felt the structure had “marginal” historic significance. Does this look marginally significant?!

    We are constantly told about the benefits of preservation but so little seems to be done about it when the rubber meet the road. It seems like our Main Streets organization values new development over preservation and those who are not part of the trendy “in” crowd are ignored. Any thoughts? Do members of the National Trust usually sit out demolition delay hearings?