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Union Square Main Streets increases the vibrancy of this Somerville neighborhood by enhancing its business district and surrounding areas through active community participation.
Union Square Main Streets brings together business and property owners, residents, community leaders and government who share a common goal of revitalizing and improving our neighborhood. With a shared vision, Union Square Main Streets leverages the resources at hand - private and public, human and financial - to improve the neighborhood in the near and far term.
* We are a broad-based group of representatives of Union Square, including business and commercial property owners, residents, non-profit and civic leaders, and Somerville city government.
* We help Union Square grow as a thriving, safe, friendly business district providing diverse cultural offerings and a variety of independent businesses to both serve and employ residents.
* We strive to make Union Square cleaner and more pedestrian-friendly.
* We seek to improve the storefronts of Union Square with better signage and a cleaner appearance.
* We promote Union Square, so that people will want to live in Somerville and shoppers will come from other areas to enjoy its vibrant arts, retail and entertainment offerings.
* We foster local leadership and cooperation of residents, businesses and landlords to build a healthy, economically vital Union Square.
* We recognize that there are no magical, overnight solutions for reviving Union Square, just a gradual process of effective transformation. Revitalization comes both through cooperative planning for the future and creating visible change now.
Union Square Main Streets follows a proven national model. Begun in 1977 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation initially to protect historic commercial architecture, the Main Street program has developed as a comprehensive revitalization strategy to stimulate economic development in traditional commercial districts like Union Square. Currently the National Main Street Center administers the program in 40 states and over 1600 communities in the US, most notably with a citywide network of Main Street districts in Boston. The Main Street model is a framework for restoring a community's economic vitality then maintaining these positive changes.
We maintain five commuity committees to address needs: Organization, Design, Economic Restructuring, Transportation and Promotion. Among our projects is the Union Square Farmers Market every Saturday morning June through October; ArtsUnion to advance cultural activity in Union Square through festivals, craft fairs, and more; neighborhood clean-up and murals.