Unemployed Man Creates Virtual Main Streets to Pay Rent

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A 39 year old graphic artist from Pennsylvania is hoping to make his rent and eventually purchase a home by selling 7500 virtual ad based buildings to help promote businesses and individuals from his website MainStreetCity.com

Jim Love, a 39 year old unemployed artist from the South West side of Philadelphia created MainStreetCity.com after thinking of ways to pay for his rent and to make extra money between the scarce graphic design work he has been getting since the economy took a downturn. "At this point I really need to pay down my debt and eventually I want to own a house, but for right now I need to make my rent before I lose everything."

Love claims that he created the site in about two weeks. "As soon as the idea popped in my head I wanted to get it out and see if it would even work. Plus rent is coming up so I knew I had no time to waste."

The site contains 100 Main Street cities (2 cities from each of the 50 states) and houses 75 virtual buildings per city totalling 7500 available properties to be sold. Love has created the virtual buildings to come in 4 styles and sizes with property prices starting at $100. "I knew I wanted to create virtual buildings buyers could own and promote from for life at the same time giving me a new career as a virtual realtor and property manager."

When asked what services come with virtual property ownership, Love says, "the virtual building owners have access to place weekly rented property billboards above their property to help them promote their products or services, as well as extra services like property attachments which are buttons placed over an owners property for 30 days which posts their help wanted ads, press releases and special events."

"I also want to host virtual scavenger hunts where users will have to sift through the 100 city Main Streets to find objects and the first one who reports back with all of the proper addresses where they found the objects will win cash or a prize. I've also created a character, Freddy, who likes to hide on a main street city and the users who finds him and reports back will win something from the participating business using the character as a promotional tool."

He believes the virtual properties will have great value for the owners, Love comments, "I think the properties are a great way to promote and bring more business to their owners because the buildings add a unique environment for viewing users, they also get to participate in contests, and who doesn't like to shop on Main Street."

Find out more about Jim Love and his Main Street business idea at


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