In 1977 the National Historic Trust developed the Main Street Program to address the decaying traditional commercial districts across America. The advent of shopping malls, highway bypasses, and changing consumer trends in the 1960s and early 1970s led to a mass exodus of these downtown districts, with the buildings being boarded up and falling into disrepair.
The program goals are to restore the buildings and revitalize the downtown economy. There are over 1,600 Main Street cities in the United States, and 90 of them in are in Texas, overseen by the Texas Historical Commission. The Main Street Program offers member cities guidance in historic preservation and renovation, economic development, and architectural assistance.
Livingston Main Street was recognized as a 2022 Accredited Program by Main Street America and Texas Main Street for meeting the standards of performance in 2021.
Main Street District
Livingston was accepted as a Main Street City in 2005. The Livingston Main Street District consists of 10 blocks in the downtown area, bounded by:
East Abbey Street
East Calhoun Street
North Jackson Avenue
North Tyler Avenue
West Church Street
Program Offerings / Incentives
The Livingston Main Street Program offers building and business owners incentives in the form of:
Foundation and Roof Repair
Matching Grants for Façade Restoration
Other incentives include:
Low Interest Loans
Permit Fee Waivers
Promotion of the Downtown Area
Since 2005, the Livingston Main Street Program has disbursed over $200,000 in grants and incentives benefiting buildings in the Main Street District. This money was raised solely through local fundraisers. No state or federal funds are used in the Main Street Program.