UPDATE: Sykesville, Maryland ended up as the winner. Could America’s best downtown be in the Ark-La-Tex? STIHL Inc. and Independent We Stand selected four area communities in our area for their America’s Main Streets contest! Two of them sit in the same parish! After a nationwide vote, two Ark-La-Tex communities remain out of ten semifinalists in the country. A panel of judges is reviewing each of the semifinalists and the announcement will be announced on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Here are the two semifinal cities in alphabetical order with a link to their voting page.
Homer, La – Check them out here – Downtown Homer is centered around our historic 1861 courthouse, the oldest antebellum courthouse still in use as a functioning courthouse with shops and a museum surrounding it. If they win, the money will help renovate downtown buildings and beautify downtown parks. Also it will support the arts and promote small business development.
Hope, Ark – Check them out here – Downtown Hope has seen a revitalization over the past few years. The city looks to continue its positive growth and will spend the winnings on create new pocket parks and murals if they win.
Twenty-five cities from Florida to Washington were in the quarterfinals and in the running for a $25,000 check to improve downtown plus more prizes. Viewers could vote every day on their favorite downtown up to 25 votes every 24 hours.
Minden, La – Check them out here – Minden Main Street is making a comeback with more businesses opening and great restaurants and museum. If Minden wins, the prize money will go towards new paint along the brick lined streets, new benches, better lighting and help Main Street businesses with a face lift.
Springhill, La – Check them out here – Located at the border of Louisiana and Arkansas, Springhill is known as an idyllic small town. Along Main Street, you’ll encounter an ice cream parlor, one screen movie theater, diners and more. If Springhill wins, watch as the downtown renovates an empty lot, improves sidewalks and offer microgrants to new and existing businesses.
We encourage everyone to visit these four area cities in America’s Main Streets Contest. Let’s show the country how great and beautiful the Ark-La-Tex can be! Voting ended May 24, 2020.
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