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

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!

Rivard kids on Santa's lap
December 3rd

Christmas Gathering

The annual kickoff for the Christmas holiday featured Santa and his reindeer, camel rides, carriage rides, beautifully decorated store windows, and many more activities. Always a favorite event for Main Street!

Bordertown Hauntings Hayride on Washington Street
October 29th

Bordertown Hauntings

The annual halloween event featured downtown trick-or-treating, both kid's and pet costume contests, hayrides and lots more!


Cruise Night Street Scene

Cruise Nights

2nd & 4th Tuesdays May 23 - August 22, 5-8pm

Next up - After a record-breaking year in 2016, Washington Street Downtown will once again come alive with antique and unique "Cool Cars under the Stars" throughout the summer. The public is invited to come out and browse, listen to the music, eat some great food, and take a chance on the split the pot drawings held at each event. Mark your calendar now!