Malls and big box stores upset the traditional relationship between residents of boroughs and their Main Street businesses.
But thanks to revitalization plans that have unfolded over the last decade, Main Streets are being beautified and making a gradual comeback.
“I believe we can recreate much of the community feel that was alive in the era before the mall, but the new and improved downtown will reflect businesses and activity relevant to the current decade,” said Lansdale Borough Council member Mary Fuller.
“Communities don´t go downhill overnight. They aren´t going to come back overnight,” said Pam Coleman, manager of the Souderton-Telford Main Streets organization. “The reality is the boroughs (of Souderton and Telford) have been working on it 11 years. We´re fortunate that we have a committed council.”