Main Street's Comeback and How It Can Come Back Again is the compelling story of a citizen-led movement that has brought the centers of hundreds of communities back to life again over the last four decades. Downtowns had been the heart of their communities, but by the 1970s shopping centers and suburban lifestyles were draining them of business and activity. Left behind were vacant storefronts, marginal businesses, and the proud but shabby buildings that once lined main street. Anyone who wanted to save their historic downtown had nowhere to turn for help. The National Trust for Historic Preservation envisioned a way to harness the historic character of main street that made economic sense. Forty years later, thanks to the dedication of thousands of citizens, small business owners, and civic leaders – most of them volunteers -- more than 1,600 towns and scores of city neighborhood corridors across America are thriving with life. This is the story of how the Main Street Approach came to be, how it spread across the country, and how caring citizens have brought the heart of their communities back from the brink. The book started out as a celebration of their amazing work – renovating nearly 300,000 buildings, creating 150,000 new businesses, more than 670,000 jobs, and boosting hometown pride. Main Street was healthy once again, even with Amazon. Then, came the Coronavirus pandemic shutdowns. And everything stopped. Nine months into the pandemic, the economic damage is growing and the small businesses of main street are feeling it. But downtowns are scrappy, as are the people who care about them. Main Street's Comeback and How It Can Come Back Again offers a vision of how downtowns can emerge even stronger from the Coronavirus pandemic, and it could not be more timely. Mary Means led the team that created the National Main Street Center and the "lots of little" Main Street Approach that has been widely followed by citizen leaders in towns and cities. Readable and profusely illustrated, Main Street's Comeback and How It Can Come Back Again is immensely relevant to our tumultuous times.