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October 25, 2013

Halloween&NMHU Homecoming Window Decorating Contest!

New Moon Fashions at 132 Bridge Street wins the MainStreet de Las Vegas Halloween/NMHU Window Decorating Contest! Using their new fall line of women's clothing, New Moon shows off community pride & Halloween spirit by decorating their window in orange and purple.

It's that time of year to window shop before or after having dinner downtown!

Check out our downtown shops to see what our local independent businesses have to offer!


October 4, 2013


October 1, 2013

BRIDGE STREET IS 1 OF THE 10 GREATEST STREETS IN AMERICA!

American Planning Association Recognizes Top 30 Great Places in America for 2013 Business Wire, 2013-10-04

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The American Planning Association (APA) today announced the country's 10 Great Neighborhoods, 10 Great Streets, and 10 Great Public Spaces for 2013 through the organization's national program, Great Places in America. Launched in 2007, Great Places in America recognizes unique and exemplary streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces - three essential components of all communities. These authentic places have been shaped by forward thinkingplanning that showcases diverse architectural styles, promotes community involvement and accessibility, and fosters economic opportunity. "With our 2013 designations we reach our two hundredth Great Place in America," said APA Chief Executive Officer W. Paul Farmer, FAICP. "We're excited during National Community Planning Month to recognize these exemplary neighborhoods, streets and public spaces and the contributions planning and plan implementation make to these communities' success," he said. "By highlighting places like Forest Park in St. Louis, the Kenwood neighborhood in Minneapolis, and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia," Farmer continued, "these and our other honorees show what can result when civic leaders, elected officials and citizens work with planners to protect and enhance the unique characteristics that make each of this year's designees worthy of this distinction." APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live every day. They are defined by many characteristics including architectural features, accessibility, functionality, and community involvement. The 200 Great Places designated to date are located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Great Places in America is just one of the ways APA recognizes and celebrates National Community Planning Month (www.planning.org/ncpm) each October. The special month is designed to recognize and celebrate the many residents, leaders, officials, and professionals who contribute to making great communities. The 2013 designees, listed below, are not ranked. Additional details about each designee will be available atwww.planning.org/greatplaces on October 4, 2013. 2013 Great Neighborhoods Chinatown, San Francisco, CA; Downtown Norwich, CT; Downtown Decatur, Decatur, GA; Central Street Neighborhood, Evanston, IL; Downtown Mason City, Mason City, IA; Historic Licking Riverside Neighborhood, Covington, KY; Kenwood, Minneapolis, MN; Beaufort Historic District, Beaufort, SC; West Freemason, Norfolk, VA; and Williamson-Marquette Neighborhood, Madison, WI. 2013 Great Streets North and South Walnut Street, Milford, DE; Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL; Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI; C Street, Virginia City, NV;BRIDGE STREET, LAS VEGAS, NM; Market Street, Corning, NY; Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA; Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA; The Strand, Galveston, TX; and West Beverley Street, Staunton, VA. 2013 Great Public Spaces Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Anchorage, AK; Grand Park, Los Angeles, CA; The Broadwalk in Florida's Hollywood, Hollywood, FL; Norman B. Leventhal Park at Post Office Square, Boston, MA; Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA; Forest Park, St. Louis, MO; Essex County Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ; Grand Central Terminal, New York City, NY; Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge, Chattanooga, TN; and Esther Short Park, Vancouver, WA. The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning -- physical, economic and social -- so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Ill. For more information, visit www.planning.org. American Planning Association Denny Johnson, 202.349.1006 djohnson@planning.org Source: American Planning Association


August 14, 2013

Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela Announces $75,000 in Capital Outlay Funds Awarded to MainStreet de Las Vegas

Funding will Aid in the Renovation of the E. Romero House & Fire Building

Las Vegas - Today New Mexico Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela presented a capital outlay award of $75,000 to MainStreet de Las Vegas in partnership with City of Las Vegas for Phase 2 Renovation of the E. Romero Hose & Fire Building. Built in 1882, it is individually listed on the National Trust for Historic Places, State of New Mexico and local registers. "The MainStreet de Las Vegas has done an incredible job in the revitalization of its MainStreet and we believe that is a worthy project for funding," Secretary Barela said. "MainStreet funds are a valuable tool in helping communities, especially those in rural parts of our state, preserve historic treasures and create jobs." The $75,000 award will go toward the renovation of the first floor of the building as a fire and water museum with historic memorabilia and public bathroom. "The restoration will bring new life into the building as a unique fire and water museum that will provide both an important cultural resource for the community, as well as an attraction that will encourage visitors drawn by the architecturally significant streetscape of the Bridge Street Historic District," said Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz MainStreet de Las Vegas' Fašade Squad gave the building's exterior a face-lift in 2009, prompting renewed consideration of this previously overlooked resource. Rehabilitation and re-use of the building is now one of the top priorities in Las Vegas' Downtown Master Plan. MainStreet de Las Vegas asked the Volunteer Fire Department to donate the building to City of Las Vegas as a museum space: the title was officially transferred in 2010 and the next year the city replaced the roof to stabilize the building. The building is the oldest volunteer fire department in the State of New Mexico. Its strategic location allowed it to pump water directly from the Acequia Madre, which was the lifeblood of the community for much of its history. It is highly significant in the history of Las Vegas not only as a key architectural monument, but as a monument to voluntary local efforts to develop and protect the community and as a landmark, located atop the Acequia Madre, relevant to the ongoing need to marshal the community's scarce water resources. The project will be completed next spring. During the 2013 Legislative Session Governor Martinez signed into law a total of $1 million to be awarded to the New Mexico MainStreet Program. Of that amount, $500,000 was allocated specifically to support capital outlay projects. MainStreet de Las Vegas was one of 5 communities awarded with funds.



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