Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a Main Street?

Main Street AmericaTM has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, that share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The District of Columbia is home to 16 Main Street programs: Barracks Row Main Street, District Bridges, Destination Congress Heights, Eastern Market Main Street, Georgetown Main Street, Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, H Street Main Street, Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street, Minnesota Avenue Main Street, North Capitol Main Street, Rhode Island Avenue Main Street, Shaw Main Streets, Tenleytown Main Street, Upper 14th Street and Kennedy Street, Van Ness Main Streets, and Ward 7 Business Partnership.


What Does Tenleytown Main Street Do?

Tenleytown Main Street works with residents and local businesses to strengthen the commercial district at the heart of our community. TMS seeks to revitalize the Tenleytown business district by leveraging its history to attract new businesses, create a stronger retail presence, and make Tenleytown a more desirable place to work and play. Business and property owners benefit from a unique Tenleytown brand, streetscape improvements, promotional events, and technical assistance opportunities. To learn more, read our most recent annual report.


What Are the Boundaries of Tenleytown Main Street?

Tenleytown Main Street runs along Wisconsin Avenue from Tenley Circle to Fessenden Street.


How is Tenleytown Main Street Funded?

Tenleytown Main Street receives funding through financial and in-kind contributions and sponsorships from business and property owners, community groups, and residents, as well as from the District of Columbia Department of Small and Local Business Development. TMS is a not-for-profit organization.


As a Resident, What’s in It for Me?

Tenleytown residents can expect cleaner, more attractive streets; a greater sense of community; and, over time, more dining, recreation, entertainment, and shopping choices in the neighborhood.


How Can I Help?

Volunteer for a committee, attend Tenleytown Main Street events, contribute, and follow us online.

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