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Main Street has always been the face of a community, the place downtown where people gathered to conduct business and interact with each other, especially prior to World War II.  In the decades after the war, people started to gather in other places besides Main Street and in many cases the local businesses closed or relocated from the downtown area.  Efforts to attract people back to "Main Street" began in the 1980s, with an emphasis on promoting the downtown area by encouraging new businesses to locate on Main Street, and improving the overall physical appearance of the environment.  Strolling Down Main Street is a compilation of images from various collections of the Arkansas State Archives, harkening back to what Main Street and downtowns were like before World War II, as well as the more recent efforts for revitalization through rehabilitated historic buildings, community oriented events, and promoting local businesses.

 
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