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There are more than 10,000 streets called “Main Street” across the US. These are real places, where people work and live, but “Main Street” is also an idealized vision of community - the polar opposite of “Wall Street” and the mythic center of American life.
“Mapping Main Street” is a collaborative documentary project, with a goal of mapping the country through stories, photos and videos recorded on Main Streets across the U.S. Some of these stories have appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition – and on their website mapping main street dot org.
Today, we'll explore this project and talk to some of the people involved.
"Main Street" song by High Places
Photos of Main Streets, Wisconsin by Xenia Elizabeth
Mapping Main Street is produced through the generous funding of Maker's Quest 2.0, an initiative between the Association of Independents in Radio and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The project is also supported with funds from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.