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Poughkeepsie Journal: Children's Media Project teaches valuable skills

Here's an article by Middle Main-iac Nichole Fenichel-Hewitt (see a past article and interview with Lisa)in Friday's Poughkeepsie Journal.


Children's Media Project teaches valuable skills

The arts are a fundamental part of every child's growth. Arts…


Added by Andrew Sawtelle on September 6, 2011 at 12:19pm — No Comments

The View from Des Moines

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If you haven't already, please take a look at Jenny Coronel's post…


Added by Andrew Sawtelle on May 25, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New Radio Show in Poughkeepsie

Check out a new radio show produced by Middle Main Steering Committee member Matthew Slaats:


Dead Hare Radio Hour fosters Hudson arts community



Added by Andrew Sawtelle on March 30, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Doing the Middle Main Dance

I just found this from the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development. See the full article and a link to the original below.

It reminded of what we're trying to do here with Middle Main. We've been out in Poughkeepsie for almost two years now, doing the neighborhood revitalization dance. We've definitely gotten people to join in, and we just had a very successful inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting at Governor Clinton House, that brought together many different parts of…


Added by Andrew Sawtelle on December 9, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Support Main Street Businesses this Saturday - $25 on the 25th

See all that Main Street in Poughkeepsie has to offer, from the waterfront through lower Main, downtown, Middle Main, and out towards Arlington. Here's an article from yesterday's Journal about a statewide effort to promote local businesses.…


Added by Andrew Sawtelle on September 24, 2010 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Main Street Program provides funds for building renovation

Hudson River Housing has available funding to support downtown revitalization efforts in the City of Poughkeepsie. Hudson River Housing will provide grants to property owners to undertake building and façade renovations that help restore and maintain the historic character of downtown Poughkeepsie’s Main Street corridor and contribute to economic stabilization.

The target area of the…


Added by Andrew Sawtelle on September 21, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Middle Main featured in HV Biz

HV Biz featured Middle Main Revitalization last week.

Click here for the version at HV Biz

Grassroots urban renewal

Jim Gordon…


Added by Andrew Sawtelle on July 14, 2010 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Poughkeepsie is Alive: Report from April Community Meeting

Our last Middle Main Community Meeting on April 14 was a huge success. It really showed the strength and diversity of Poughkeepsie and our commitment to working together across differences to build a stronger Main Street for everyone. Thanks to Jim Milano and Hudson Valley FoodWorks for letting us use their space at 372 Main Street, where we hold monthly meetings…


Added by Andrew Sawtelle on April 22, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Fire protection business moving to Middle Main

City set to sell historic firehouse

Michael Valkys • Poughkeepsie Journal • January 21, 2010

The City of Poughkeepsie will sell its vacant, century-old firehouse on Main Street to a company that installs, services and maintains fire protection systems.

The Common Council approved the sale of the O.H. Booth Hose Company building along Main's 500 block to Craig Arco of Wappingers Falls-based Arco Protection Systems Inc.

Officials said Arco will pay… Continue

Added by Andrew Sawtelle on January 26, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Family Clay Day is a monthly hit at Clay Works

Barrett Art Center, on the Clinton to Cherry block of Main Street, was featured in last weekend's Dutchess County Focus for their monthly Family Clay Day. This is a great, inexpensive, family-friendly event in Middle Main.

Family Clay Day is a monthly hit at Clay Works

By Anthony P. Musso • For Focus • January 23, 2010

Since opening in 2005, Barrett Clay Works on Main Street in Poughkeepsie has provided a creative, educational and motivational… Continue

Added by Andrew Sawtelle on January 26, 2010 at 10:20am — No Comments

Poughkeepsie Journal: Work force growing, but jobs remain stagnant in region

I saw this in yesterday's paper and wanted to share it with everyone. This confirms what we've seen in market research: the Hudson Valley is one of the few areas in the state where population, as well as the work force, is growing along with the job market, causing a crunch in the job market.

This makes local economic development projects like Middle Main all the more important, by creating jobs and economic opportunities right in the heart of Dutchess County.…


Added by Andrew Sawtelle on January 6, 2010 at 10:20am — No Comments

Middle Main is moving ahead!

Since we began meeting in June of this year, things have really picked up for Middle Main Revitalization. After the inevitable meetings where anything and everything was on the table, we started to come together around a few big ideas. We’re working to strengthen existing businesses and encourage new ones to form. We also want to give residents more control and a sense of ownership of what goes on in their neighborhood. In addition to working in the neighborhood itself, we plan to publicize the… Continue

Added by Andrew Sawtelle on December 3, 2009 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Staying Positive: What are Middle Main’s Assets?

Too often, when we want to make changes in our neighborhood, we look at what's negative and ask how we can fix it. I want to suggest a different approach: focus on what's good about the neighborhood, and how to use that to change things.

As you're walking, biking, taking the bus, or driving down Middle Main, what do you see? Boarded-up buildings? Empty parking lots? Run-down storefronts? Underused buildings? Few places to buy groceries? You might think that the neighborhood… Continue

Added by Andrew Sawtelle on October 21, 2009 at 9:56am — 3 Comments

Ideas for helping local businesses

Here are some interesting ideas from around the country on how to help local businesses survive and thrive in this tough economic climate.

Customer investing has…

Added by Andrew Sawtelle on September 24, 2009 at 3:59pm — No Comments

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