Elm Street

Inspired by the widespread, positive impact that the Pennsylvania Main Street program has had in revitalizing the commonwealth's downtowns and urban corridors, Representative Robert Freeman's proposed development of a similar, integrated approach to revitalization of Pennsylvania's older residential areas bordering Main Streets and central business districts.

Colleagues demonstrated enthusiastic support through unanimous passage of the Elm Street Act, which Governor Edward G. Rendell signed in February 2004.

Too many of the nation's urban neighborhoods have fallen into disrepair. Disinvestment, outmigration and aftershocks of urban renewal have left many of these history-rich communities battling for survival. In these "core communities," Pennsylvania has a major untapped asset, and with help from an Elm Street program, these historic, authentic and unique neighborhoods can once again thrive, supporting the downtowns and commercial districts that they surround.

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Elm Street Spotlight

West Reading Elm Street Paints the Town

West Reading Elm Street's recent "Let's Paint the Town" project was an impressive success! This Elm Street neighborhood undertook painting the exteriors of 10 properties on South Sixth Avenue in Re...