Friday, December 17, 2010

Taylor’s honored as a National Main Street

By TOMIE PARKS
Staff writer

Hundreds flocked to the Christmas bazaar earlier this year, stocking up on baked goodies, homemade decorations and all things crafty. Who was behind all the holiday hubbub? It wasn’t elves.
The efforts of the Main Street program, responsible for putting on the bazaar as well as events throughout the year like Zest Fest, have not gone unnoticed.
Last month, the Texas Historical Commission and the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Taylor as one of the 52 National Main Street Cities in Texas for 2011.
“It’s a fabulous honor,” said Deby Lannen, manager of the Taylor Main Street Program.
In light of the achievement, the Taylor City Council presented her with a certificate of honor at its Dec. 9 meeting.
Next year marks the fifth consecutive year that Taylor has been named a National Main Street.
Even though the Taylor Main Street Program has seen success, Lannen said it’s important for her to view everything as a perpetual work in progress.
Like most worthwhile projects, the work is never done.
“But we are fortunate to have a great advisory board and good volunteers that help with it all,” Lannen said.
To be chosen has a National Main Street, cities must show above average performance in ten categories. These selection areas focus on each city’s planning ability, staff, volunteers and preservation ethics.
“Basically, the award attempts to highlight real places that are doing real work to revitalize their economies and preserve their character,” said Debra Farst, state coordinator of the Texas Main Street Program.
The other 2011 National Main Street Cities include: Amarillo, Bastrop, Bay City, Beaumont, Brenham, Canton, Canyon, Carthage, Celina, Clifton, Comanche, Cotulla, Denton, Elgin, Farmersville, Gainesville, Georgetown, Goliad, Gonzales, Grapevine, Greenville, Harlingen, Henderson, Hillsboro, Huntsville, Kilgore, La Grange, Laredo, Levelland, Livingston, Llano, Longview, Lufkin, Luling, McKinney, Mineola, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, New Braunfels, Odessa, Plainview, Rockwall, Royse City, San Angelo, San Marcos, Seguin, Sonora, Tyler, Waxahachie and Weatherford.

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