OAKLAND: A Designated Main Street since 1998"The program strives to strengthen the economic potential of Maryland’s traditional main streets and neighborhoods. Using a competitive process, Main Street Maryland selects communities who have made a commitment to succeed and helps them improve the economy, appearance and image of their traditional downtown business districts. To accomplish Main Street goals, DHCD has partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center, which developed the Main Street Four Point Approach for commercial revitalization. Beginning in 2008, Main Street Maryland programs will also incorporate a Fifth Point: Clean, Safe, and Green. This approach emphasizes the importance of working simultaneously in the following areas:
- CITYSCAPE: Enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging supportive new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning
- EVENTS: Working with the businesses, residents and local organizations to bring events that add to the quality of life for residents and visitors of the Oakland area.
- PROMOTION/MARKETING: Marketing the traditional commercial district's assets to customers, potential investors, new businesses, local citizens and visitors
- ECONOMIC VITALITY: Strengthening the district's existing economic base while finding ways to expand it to meet new opportunities and challenges from outlying development
- CLEAN, SAFE, and GREEN:
- Enhancing the perception of a neighborhood through the principles of Smart Growth and sustainability"