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:
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!