The Main Street Project
Every neighborhood has a beating heart. Sometimes it's a single street where the lifeblood of the community flows.
As the pandemic recedes and relief money begins to flow, The Main Street Project will document economic recovery one street at a time.
We'll talk to many people living and working on each street we visit. We'll learn who's bouncing back and who's being left out. We'll look for strategies that work and take note of those that don't. And we'll look into whether the economy that's emerging on your street is more equitable than the economy we left behind.
Our series began on streets in Seattle, Tacoma and Kent. Where should we go next?
Fill out our short questionnaire to suggest a street you know.
With a troubled federal relief program for shuttered venues reopening Saturday, arts organizations are on the edge of their seat to see when they can get some of the 16 billion dollars in relief that’s been promised to them by the federal government. One of those organizations is an historic theater in Mount Vernon, Washington called the Lincoln. It’s the biggest entertainment venue in town. And like most theaters, its seats have sat empty for much of the past year.
Like most downtowns, businesses in downtown Mt. Vernon, Washington have struggled through the pandemic. But as things start to open up, all eyes in that town are on the tulip fields blooming nearby. The big question is whether visitors to those farms can help businesses in Mt. Vernon recover.
“Pandemic or not – what we’ve learned is that this is a great way to engage the space down here, regardless," says Haas. "It feels awesome – I love the vision that’s unfolding because of this.”
Businesses in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood are trying to recover from the pandemic. And economic recovery looks certain, with the light rail coming next year and big housing projects on the way. But how does recovery happen in a way that doesn’t push out existing residents and businesses?
For businesses along in MLK Jr. Way in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood, the pandemic has brought struggle. But it's also introduced new opportunities for building community among neighbors.
The American Rescue Plan – all that stimulus money coming from the federal government — will give nearly a quarter billion dollars to Seattle. How will the city spend those dollars? Pamela Banks is looking at how that money could help businesses recover from the pandemic.
This has been a really hard year. But the pandemic is shifting, and now we’re poised to recover. At this moment, we’re just trying to figure out – how people are doing? And what’s their future look like? Today, we’re launching a series called The Main Street Project, where we get a sense of what life is like on a single street. Our series begins in Seattle.