Why Downtown is Important

East Washington Street
Downtown is a symbol of the community’s:

Historic development
Economic health
Quality of life
Community pride

Downtown is important to industrial and commercial developers as an indicator of the local business climate and the quality of the public/private partnership in the community.

Downtown is a major employer!  A surprising number of jobs – at all salary levels – are located downtown.

Downtown is the home of independent, family-owned businesses.
Independent businesses:

Support local schools, charities, and community projects
Reinvest profits locally

Downtown is an important incubator for new small businesses.

Downtown infrastructure is a major public investment.  Healthy businesses in buildings assessed at full value help reduce the tax burden on homeowners.

Downtown has an impact on the property values of surrounding residential neighborhoods.

Downtown helps reduce sprawl.  By building density in the heart of the community, we make cities more livable and also protect the countryside.

Downtown is the heart of the community for a mix of goods and services: government, professional, technical, and retail.

Downtown is an important community space where all members of the community can meet and interact.  Downtown is where monuments are located, speeches are made, and parades are held.

-National Trust for Historic Preservation

Recent Events

Bordertown Haunting Hayride
October 28th

Bordertown Hauntings

The annual downtown trick-or-treating event saw hundreds of visitors brave the cold in order to participate in activities such as cookie decorating, pumpkin decorating, and the haunted house.

Auctioneer Bill Phelps
April 30th

Community Auction

The Annual Community Auction featured all kinds of treasures that were taken home by their new owners. Auctioneers Bill Phelps and Danny Loftus made sure of that!

Cruise Night on Washington Street
May - August

Cruise Nights

Washington Street Downtown once again came alive with antique and unique "Cool Cars under the Stars" throughout the summer. The public came out to browse, listen to the music, eat some great food, and take a chance on the split the pot drawings held at each event.


Santa and Mary Cantwell singing.

Christmas Gathering

Saturday, December 2nd

Next up - This annual Holiday event features the downtown brimming with Holiday Cheer - with special guest Santa and his reindeer, camel rides, horse-drawn sleigh rides, craft shows, and lots more activities for young and old alike. Beautifully decorated store windows in the theme "Christmas Blessings" and the community Christmas Tree warmly welcome visitors to this Momence Holiday Tradition.