“Shaw Main Streets...feels like home”.
5-24-16 UPDATE!…Shaw Main Streets received the 2016 Great American Main Street Award® (GAMSA) at the 2016 Main Street Now Conference held in Milwaukee, WI! Many of Shaw’s diverse businesses are highlighted in this video which was the primary media element that was part of their application for this prestigious award.
According to a press release from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the award panel chose Shaw Main Streets for the exemplary manner in which the organization has led the Washington, DC neighborhood’s revitalization and historic preservation efforts. “By actively involving its multicultural community, cultivating tech businesses, and supporting the arts, since its founding in 2003 Shaw Main Streets has reduced the retail vacancy rate from 20 percent to 1 percent, helped over 200 new businesses open, and attracted approximately $3 billion in private and public investment. Under Shaw Main Streets’ leadership, Shaw has earned nationwide attention as a fast-rising arts, cultural and dining destination while maintaining affordability and ties to its proud past as an African-American entertainment district.
Interviews included: with Alex Padro, Douglas Jemal, former Mayor Vincent Gray and long time Shaw resident Gretchen Wharton. Business owners interviewed include those at: Beau Thai, Eat the Rich, Mockingbird Hill, Southern Efficiency, Roadside Development, Wanda’s on 7th, Right Proper, and Career Path DC.