City of Boston kicks off annual 'Holidays on Main Streets' campaign
Mayor Martin J. Walsh today kicked off the City of Boston's annual "Holidays on Main Streets" campaign, which features initiatives to encourage Boston residents to shop local this holiday season. At the celebration held at the Roslindale Village Main Street holiday tree lighting in Adams Park, Mayor Walsh announced the launch of the "#LetsAllShopSmall" campaign, officially proclaimed the day "Small Business Saturday," and revealed the pilot launch of the "Main Streets Explorer," all of which will help to drive traffic to Boston's 20 Main Street Districts and support Boston's local business economy.
The "Main Streets Explorer" will run the first three Thursdays of December from 4 - 10 p.m., and pick up locations in each neighborhood will feature information and wayfinding for anyone interested. For a complete listing of times and locations, please visit boston.gov/explorer or bostonmainstreets.org.About the Mayor's Office of Economic Development
The Economic Development Cabinet's mission is to make Boston an appealing and accessible place for working families, entrepreneurs, businesses, and investors to innovate, grow, and thrive in a way that fosters inclusion, broadens opportunity, and shares prosperity, thereby enhancing the quality of life for all Bostonians and the experience for all visitors. Learn more on their website.About the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics
As the City's civic research and development team, the New Urban Mechanics pilot experiments that aim to improve the quality of life for Boston's residents. The team's Third Spaces work, supported by a Bloomberg Philanthropies i-Teams grant, is working to make Boston's spaces more welcoming, connected, and creative.About Boston Main Streets
Developed out of a partnership between the City of Boston and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Boston Main Streets initiative was created in 1995 as the first urban, multi-district Main Streets program in the nation, with the goal of establishing thriving commercial districts throughout the city. Boston Main Streets is a successful model for urban commercial district revitalization that strengthens local business districts through strong organizational development, community participation, resident and merchant education and sustainable development. Boston Main Streets continues to empower individuals in the small business sector to have a direct role in the economic health, physical appearance, and development of their own community.About the Boston Main Streets Foundation
The Boston Main Streets Foundation is committed to making Boston's neighborhood commercial districts thriving, vibrant centers of commerce and community through its support of the Boston Main Streets program. The Boston Main Streets Foundation seeks to develop long-term strategies to increase the economic power and resources of neighborhood commercial districts while pursuing initiatives that build knowledge and capacity for Main Streets programs and the businesses they serve.