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“Imagine Main Street” – Strives To Make Downtown Relevant Again

Posted on June 13, 2014

Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett  It has been decades since the first mall was built in the United States circa the late 1950s. Soon enough the mall phenomenon usurped the role of  “downtown” as a retail shopping magnet and place to meet across America.   For nearly as long the struggle has ensued to keep “Main Street” and “Downtown” relevant. The Main Street program emerged to assist towns and cities with revitalization. As well, individually communities continue the fight to more than just keep their main streets alive -rather to once again make them vibrant.   An example of efforts to preserve America’s main streets is currently underway in Manchester, Connecticut. The Imagine Main St initiative is celebrating its second anniversary with…

Scarecrow Festival on Display Through October 26 in Manchester, CT’s Historic Downtown

Posted on October 15, 2013

Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb The Fifth Annual Scarecrow Festival & Contest runs through October 26 in Manchester, Connecticut. There is no cost to visit the historic downtown where individuals, schools, businesses and organizations have put their imaginations to work and created an entertaining variety of scarecrows that line the long Main Street in the “City of Village Charm”. From the local produce farmer scarecrows that greet visitors at  the northern gateway to the the pirate ship scarecrows collaboration by students at Bennet Academy at the southern end of the street, the festival makes for a fun stroll. As one might expect, a book wizard scarecrow graces the entrance to Mary Cheney Library. Nearby is a ballerina dressed in pink. And, not…