Americans Return to Main Street – Review of Main Street’s Comeback by Mary Means

Isaac Kremer/ March 2, 2022/ architecture, Main Street, preservation, program/ 0 comments

By Isaac D. Kremer To purchase: Means, Mary. Main Street’s Comeback: And How it Can Come Back Again. HammonWood Press. 2020. The story of the revival of historic downtowns across the US is inextricably tied to Mary Means. In her role as Field Director for the National Trust for Historic Preservation covering the vast Midwest region of 10 states, she

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Our Family Garden – Metuchen, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ July 8, 2021/ local food/ 0 comments

We begin with a quick review of the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Here is the prediction from November 2020 to October 2021. Winter temperatures will be above normal, on average, with the coldest periods in mid-December and early and mid-January. Precipitation will be near normal, with mostly below-normal snowfall. The snowiest periods will occur in mid-December and early March. April and

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Downtown – Staunton, Virginia

Isaac Kremer/ August 31, 2019/ architecture, downtown, Main Street, placemaking, preservation, program, public art, storefront/ 0 comments

T. J .Collins designed the Marquis Building on Beverley Street with a corner turret, bay windows, and gable-roofed bays. Together these give this commercial building a commanding presence at the intersection that it rests upon. The T. J .Collins designed Switzer Building with triple arches on the 2nd floor based on larger Venetian palazzos with a diamond pattern of terra

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The BOB – Grand Rapids, Michigan

Isaac Kremer/ August 28, 2019/ architecture, music, placemaking, plaza, program, tactical urbanism/ 0 comments

The BOB – which stands for “Big Old Building” – is a go to social and entertainment venue in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. They have creatively repurposed the space with dining, indoor and outdoor entertainment, and the new 20 Monroe Live space for up to 2580 people. The outdoor beer garden is more open than others we’ve seen and feels

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Downtown – Cheboygan, Michigan

Isaac Kremer/ August 26, 2019/ architecture, downtown, Main Street, placemaking, program, storefront, tactical urbanism/ 0 comments

This open-air canopy provides a covered space for markets and community events to occur. Loved to see a playful public art element near the market. The murals were simple but effective filling the wall and bringing “a little bit of happy” to those who pass by. Loved this cinder block and beam bench. What a clever idea to provide seating

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Downtown – Petoskey, Michigan

Isaac Kremer/ August 26, 2019/ architecture, downtown, Main Street, program/ 0 comments

Petoskey is one of the premier shopping districts in northern Michigan. Halfway between Mackinac Island and Traverse City, here you can find fashion, gifts, dining, ice cream, J.C. Penney Co. One of the last remaining downtown department stores. Wright Cycle Co. Wright brothers historian Dave Russell originally from Oakwood, Ohio, where the Wright brothers lived. Russell opened his Wright Cycle

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Transformation Strategies Yield Results for Downtown Metuchen

Isaac Kremer/ June 15, 2019/ Main Street/ 0 comments

MDA Downtown Loves Dads, June 15, 2019. Photo Credit: Lauren Beischer Photography By Isaac D. Kremer, Executive Director, Metuchen Downtown Alliance Isaac Kremer serves as Executive Director of the Metuchen Downtown Alliance, which administers the local Main Street Program in Metuchen, NJ. He has worked with Main Street and historic preservation organizations in Michigan, New York, Texas, Kentucky, and New

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