The National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, works to equip communities around the country with the tools to revitalize their historic districts and make their Main Streets economically prosperous. Every year, the organization recognizes three outstanding communities who stand out among the crowd. For their 2015 awards ceremony, we were tasked with creating vignettes for each of the award-winning towns.
Cape Girardeau, MO is known for its starring role as the setting of David Fincher's 2014 hit, Gone Girl, but to its residents, the area is known for its thriving downtown, where they opened 27 new businesses between 2013 and 2014.
Rawlins, WY may be small, but she is mighty. With a strong volunteer base, logging over 7,000 hours of volunteer time in a single year, Rawlins has transformed from an empty Main Street to a bustling downtown in a very short period of time.