Pennsylvania Avenue East Main Street
Latisha R. Atkins, J.D.,
Pennsylvania Ave East Main Street (PAEMS) Director
PROGRAM HISTORY AND APPROACH
DC Main Streets is a comprehensive program that promotes the revitalization of business corridors in the District of Columbia. We assist businesses and coordinate sustainable community-driven revitalization efforts along the Pennsylvania Avenue, SE corridor from the John P. Sousa Bridge to Southern Avenue, SE.
DC Main Streets is a comprehensive program that promotes the revitalization of business corridors in the District of Columbia. Created in 2002 through the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Streets serves as the citywide coordinating program that provides services and funding for the Main Streets found in the District of Columbia. Main Streets' mission is to support the traditional retail corridors in the District. DC Main Streets is a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program.
DC Main Streets builds on the Main Street Approach® that was developed by the National Main Street Center in 1980 to assist commercial revitalization efforts nationwide. The Approach consists of four points which work together to build a sustainable and complete community revitalization effort in the following areas:
Organize commercial revitalization efforts including, developing and sustaining financial and volunteer resources.
DESIGN, AREA IMPROVEMENT
Improve the physical environment of the commercial district (e.g., clean teams and streetscape improvements) and the appearance of business storefronts and interiors
Promote the neighborhood commercial districts along Penn Ave SE through branding campaigns and special events.
Improve business retention, recruitment and expansion along Penn Ave SE in Ward 7
ABouT THe PENN AVE EAST CORRIDOR
The corridor borders several neighborhoods, including Fairlawn, Dupont Park, Penn Branch, and Fairfax Village. These neighborhoods are predominantly composed of detached single-family homes and small apartment complexes, limiting the size of the surrounding population. There is a limited supply of nearby office space or major institutional uses, which limits the surrounding daytime population that can patronize area businesses during the day on weekdays. This limited residential density, paired with a relatively small daytime population, increases the need for retail businesses along Pennsylvania Avenue SE to capture spending from commuters and other customers who live outside the immediate area.
Median Houshold Income
New Study: Economic Viability of Penn Ave East Corridor (2021)
MHCDO announces the release of the Pennsylvania Avenue East Main Street Retail Market Analysis, examining the retail environment of the corridor. The report sheds light on the retail sustainability of current businesses along Pennsylvania Avenue East.