Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a Main Street?

Main Street AmericaTM is a network of more than 1,200 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 18 Main Street programs – and growing.


What Does Tenleytown Main Street Do?

As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Tenelytown Main Street is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.

Since 2016, Tenleytown Main Street has developed a portfolio of programs that meet the unique needs of our business district, including marketing and special events, public and urban green space maintenance, small business consulting, and financial support for physical improvements to commercial buildings.


What Are the Boundaries of Tenleytown Main Street?

Tenleytown Main Street runs along Wisconsin Avenue from Van Ness Street to Fessenden Street. View Map


How is Tenleytown Main Street Funded?

Tenleytown Main Street is a non-profit organization and receives funding through financial and in-kind contributions from businesses, community groups, property owners, and residents, and through grants from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development. TMS also receives support from volunteers who provide their time, effort, and expertise to the TMS Board of Directors, committees, and events. Tenleytown Main Street is grateful for all the support we receive from the community.


How Can I Help?

Volunteer for a committee, attend Tenleytown Main Street events, make a tax-deductible donation, and follow us online.

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