Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a Main Street?

Main Street AmericaTM is a network of more than 2,000 small towns, mid-sized communities, and urban districts across the United States that work to preserve and revitalize their commercial districts. Founded in 1977, the Main Street Project began as an initiative of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is now led by the National Main Street Center, Inc., a subsidiary of the National Trust. The District of Columbia is home to 10 Main Street programs: Barracks Row, Congress Heights, Historic Dupont Circle, H Street, North Capitol, Rhode Island Avenue, Shaw, Van Ness, Ward 7 Business Partnership and Tenleytown.

What Will Tenleytown Main Street Do?

Tenleytown Main Street will revitalize the Tenleytown business corridor 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 will benefit from a unique Tenleytown brand, streetscape improvements, promotional events, and technical assistance opportunities.

What Are the Boundaries of Tenleytown Main Street?

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

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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