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Main Street in Los Altos, California.
Main Street in Los Altos, California.
For the Sinclair Lewis novel, see Main Street (novel).

Main Street is the generic street name (and sometimes the official name) of the primary retail street of a village, town, or small city in many parts of the world. It is usually a focal point for shops and retailers in the city centre, and is most often used in reference to retailing. Image File history File links Main Street in downtown Los Altos, California. ... Image File history File links Main Street in downtown Los Altos, California. ... Los Altos (IPA: ) is a city at the southern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Main Street book cover The satirical novel Main Street by Sinclair Lewis was published in 1920. ... Abbey Road in London A street name or odonym is an identifying name given to a street. ... A village is a human residential settlement commonly found in rural areas. ... Main street in Bastrop, Texas, a small town A town is a residential community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... Chicago from the air. ... Drawing of a self-service store. ... A drawing of a self-service store Retailing consists of the sale of goods/merchandise for personal or household consumption either from a fixed location such as a department store or kiosk, or away from a fixed location and related subordinated services (Definition of the WTO (last page). ... City Centre is a Local Government ward in the City of Manchester. ...


Main Street is commonly used in the United States, Canada, some parts of Scotland and also in some countries in central Europe (e.g. Slovakia and Czech republic). High Street is the common term in the United Kingdom. In Jamaica as well as North East England and some sections of Canada, the usual term is Front Street. In Cornwall (and also in some towns in Devon), the equivalent is Fore Street. Motto: (Latin for No one provokes me with impunity)1 Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official language(s) English, Gaelic, Scots 2 Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen of the UK Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification...


In some larger cities, there may be several Main Streets, each relating to a specific neighborhood rather than the city as a whole.

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American cultural usage

In the general sense, the term "Main Street" refers to a place of traditional values.


In the North American media, "Main Street," or the interests of small businessmen, is sometimes contrasted with "Wall Street" (in the United States) or "Bay Street" (in Canada), symbolizing the interests of corporate capitalism. A small business may be defined as a business with a small number of employees. ... Elaborate marble facade of NYSE as seen from Broad and Wall Streets For other uses, see Wall Street (disambiguation). ... Bay Street is a street in downtown Toronto, Ontario Canada. ... Historically, corporatism or corporativism (Italian corporativismo) is a political system in which legislative power is given to civic assemblies that represent economic, industrial, agrarian, and professional groups. ...


"Main Street" is part of the iconography of American life. Examples include: Iconography usually refers to the design or creation of images and more specifically to the historical study of art which aims at the identification, description and the interpretation of the content of images. ...

A traditional Main Street; Bastrop, Texas, featuring the small shops and old-fashioned architecture typical of rural towns.
A traditional Main Street; Bastrop, Texas, featuring the small shops and old-fashioned architecture typical of rural towns.

In small towns across America, Main Street is not only the major road running through the town it is also a place where the towns people hang out and watch the annual parades go by. Image File history File links Main Street, Bastrop, Texas, June, 2005. ... Image File history File links Main Street, Bastrop, Texas, June, 2005. ... Historic buildings with quaint shops and restaurants line Main Street in Bastrop. ... The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) mission is to provide quality merchandise and services of necessity and convenience to authorized customers at uniformly low prices; and generate reasonable earnings to supplement appropriated funds for the support of US Army and US Air Force Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Programs. ... Food court at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia. ... Main Street book cover The satirical novel Main Street by Sinclair Lewis was published in 1920. ... Sinclair Lewis Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885 — January 10, 1951) was an American novelist and playwright. ... Alternate meanings: Disney (disambiguation) The Walt Disney Company (also known as Disney Enterprises, Inc. ... Germany Pavilion, part of the Epcot Center theme park in Orlando, Florida Amusement park (also called theme park) is the generic term for a collection of rides and other entertainment attractions assembled for the purpose of entertaining a fairly large group of people. ... Disneyland (since 1998 officialy Disneyland Park, to distinguish it from the Disneyland Resort complex of which it is a part), is a theme park in Anaheim, California, USA (28 miles from Downtown Los Angeles). ... Location of Anaheim within Orange County, California Coordinates: Country United States State California County Orange Mayor Curt Pringle Area    - City 130. ... The Magic Kingdom is a theme park covering 107 acres (433,000 m²) at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando. ... Cinderella Castle, at the center of the Magic Kingdom, is Walt Disney World Resorts most recognizable icon. ... Nickname: The City Beautiful, O-Town, 407 Location in Orange County and the state of Florida. ... Castle of the Sleeping Beauty in Disneyland Park Disneyland Resort Paris is a theme park in Marne-la-Vallée, near Paris. ... Hong Kong Disneyland (Traditional Chinese: 香港迪士尼樂園; Cantonese Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2 dik6 si6 nei4 lok6 jyun4; Mandarin Pinyin: XiānggÇŽng Díshìní Lèyuán) is the first theme park inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, which is owned and managed by the Hongkong International Theme Parks, an incorporated company... The current version of the article or section reads like an advertisement. ...


Preservation and Main Street

Main Street is the name of a community revitalization program begun by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the late 1970s. The core of the Main Street philosophy is the preservation of the historic built environment by engaging in historic preservation. Main Street focuses on a holistic approach to revitalization based on the "4-point" approach of design, promotions, economic restructuring, and organization. Originally targeted at small, traditional downtowns, the program now encompasses sections of large urban centers. It has been suggested that Cultural heritage be merged into this article or section. ...


There is some controversy as to whether or not applying the "Main Street Approach" to a downtown results in the actual preservation of a cultural landscape. While many buildings are, in fact, retained rather than demolished, Main Street communities tend to take on a homogeneous appearance of beautified streetscapes that over-emphasize the 19th or early 20th centuries. In some cases, stylistic elements are introduced into the landscape that never previously existed, thereby creating a false sense of history.


International equivalents

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The main street in the Peruvian town of Máncora, which happens to be the Pan-American Highway.
  • Hong Kong officials, under British rule, usually translate Chinese Ching Kai (正街) or Tai Kai (大街) as Main Street. These main streets were usually the largest street of a village or town.
  • In England, the terms "Market Street" or "Market Place" are often used to designate the heart of a town or city, as is the more common High Street(certainly in newer urban developments, or towns or cities which were not original market towns).High Street is often the name of a fairly busy street with small shops either side, often in towns and villages.
  • In Sweden, almost all towns and cities have their own main street, a street called "Storgatan" (literally, "The big street"). They are typically surrounded by stores and restaurants, and open for pedestrians only, where no vehicles are allowed.

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