Annual 'Main Streets Across America' Celebrates Places With A Strong Sense Of Community And Great Stories To Tell

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National Life Group’s interactive map recognizes streets at the heart of their communities where people come together to live, work and play

Whether it’s named Main Street, First Avenue, Central Square or something else, these places reflect the history, growth, diversity and resilient strength of our communities that collectively weave the fabric of this country.

National Life Group today announced its annual list of Main Streets Across America, a celebration of streets in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia that embrace a strong sense of community and a commitment to creating an environment where people want to live, work and play.

“Whether it’s named Main Street, First Avenue, Central Square or something else, these places reflect the history, growth, diversity and resilient strength of our communities that collectively weave the fabric of this country,” said Mehran Assadi, Chairman, CEO and President, National Life Group. “It is a labor of love for us to celebrate these streets each year and to share their community pride and unique stories with a broader audience.”

A trip through the Main Streets Across America interactive map reveals many interesting features and facts about these streets and their communities, both current and historical.

For example, this year’s Main Streets community in Massachusetts, Northampton, was once home to renowned author and abolitionist Lydia Maria Child, who wrote the poem, The New-England Boy's Song about Thanksgiving Day. This poem became the treasured holiday carol we sing today, “Over the river and through the wood, to grandmother's house we go.”

Although Scottsdale is well-known as a winter season tourist destination, many may not know that the city also has a very strong devotion to the arts, both visual and performance. Art is a major feature and attraction in Scottsdale, where many of the city’s 70-plus art galleries beckon visitors and collectors along and near Main Street.

“We are proud to see Main Street in Scottsdale included in this year’s Main Streets Across America,” said Laura McMurchie, VP Communications for Experience Scottsdale. “Like all the communities on the list, Scottsdale has some great stories to tell. We love sharing the uniqueness of the Scottsdale experience and all that it has to offer and Main Street is an important part of that.”

This year’s complete map of Main Streets Across America celebrates the following streets (listed alphabetically by state):

Alabama – Government Street, Mobile
Alaska – Fourth Avenue, Seward
Arizona – Main Street, Scottsdale
Arkansas – Main Street, Eureka Springs
California – Main Street, Santa Ana
Colorado - Main Street, Buena Vista
Connecticut – Farmington Avenue, West Hartford
Delaware – The Circle, Georgetown
District of Columbia – H Street NE, Washington
Florida – Park Avenue, Winter Park
Georgia – Town Center Avenue, Suwanee
Hawaii – Kilauea Avenue, Hilo
Idaho – Capitol Boulevard, Boise
Illinois – Main Street, St. Charles
Indiana – Fountain Square, Indianapolis
Iowa – Main Street, Dubuque
Kansas – Main Street, Atchison
Kentucky – Main Street, Danville
Louisiana – Main Street, Opelousas
Maryland – Main Street, Berlin
Massachusetts – Main Street, Northampton
Michigan – W. Western Avenue, Muskegon
Minnesota – Water Street, Excelsior
Mississippi – Oxford Square, Oxford
Missouri     - W. Broadway, Sedalia
Montana – Main Street, Bozeman
Nebraska – South 24th Street, Omaha
Nevada – C Street, Virginia City
New Hampshire – Main Street, Littleton
New Jersey – Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City
New Mexico    Canyon Road, Santa Fe
New York – Main Street, Islip
North Carolina – Main Street, Davidson
North Dakota – Broadway, Fargo
Ohio – Broadway, Granville
Oklahoma – Main Street, Ardmore
Oregon – Portland Transit Mall, Portland
Pennsylvania – Market District, York
Rhode Island – Main Street, Warren
South Carolina – King Street, Charleston
South Dakota - Main Street Square, Rapid City
Tennessee – Broad Street, Cookeville
Texas – Main Street, Calvert
Utah – South Temple Street, Salt Lake City
Vermont – Church Street Marketplace, Burlington
Virginia – Davis Street, Culpeper
Washington – Main Street, Vancouver
West Virginia - North Main Street, Wheeling
Wisconsin – Central Business District, Beloit
Wyoming – Main Street, Sheridan

The streets featured in Main Streets Across America are selected based on four primary categories of community attributes that reflect strong ‘main street’ values:

1.    Strong local business presence
2.    Community gathering spots and scenic vistas
3.    Celebrations of history and traditions and reflections of civic pride
4.    Diverse social and cultural events and activities

“As a company, a corporate citizen and a community partner, we at National Life Group believe that main street values still exist and that a handshake, a friendly smile and a personal greeting still mean something in business and in life,” said Assadi. “We strive to live by those main street values every day.”

To view the map of this year’s Main Streets Across America, show support for your favorite street by sharing via social media or to suggest a street for next year’s list, go to:


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November 20, 2017

Contact: Ross Sneyd, corporate communications, National Life Group, 802.229.3866.

National Life Group® is a trade name of National Life Insurance Company, founded in Montpelier, Vt., in 1848, Life Insurance Company of the Southwest, Addison, Texas, chartered in 1955, and their affiliates. Each company of National Life Group is solely responsible for its own financial condition and contractual obligations. Life Insurance Company of the Southwest is not an authorized insurer in New York and does not conduct insurance business in New York.


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