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Old 11-16-2017, 09:40 AM
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Originally Posted by l1995 View Post
Manhattan does not have a Main Street to my knowledge
Originally Posted by That_One_Guy View Post
I just saw that and was also wondering where that was...

I’m thinking maybe Roosevelt Island? It’s not actually on Manhattan Island, but it still counts as the borough of Manhattan.
Originally Posted by rnc2mbfl View Post
Raleigh's "Main St." has only existed for a decade or so. It's ironically located in a new urbanism outdoor shopping district that used to be the location of the first enclosed mall between DC and Atlanta.
Many of downtown's main streets are typically named for prominent individuals/families or they indicate the road that led to other cities and towns in the state. Raleigh's ceremonial "main" street is Fayetteville St., which links the Capitol building to the performing arts center. That road, of course, used to the be the one to take to Fayetteville.
Ja, Main Street in Manhattan is not actually on Manhattan Island, its on Roosevelt Island. So like someone said, its probably a great example of a Main Street that isn't really the Main Street, except for Roosevelt Islanders themselves.

To my knowledge the Main Street on Roosevelt Island is an artificially planned and built one, sort of what RNC describes for Raleigh. Although there is a colonial era farmhouse and a old lighthouse still on the island, most of Roosevelt's Island buildings are apartment buildings only about 50 years old or so.

In contrast, with a place like Charlestown in Boston, the Main Street often built up over time and was probably THE Main street for hundreds of years.
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Old 11-16-2017, 11:14 AM
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I think many of these "Main Streets" were once the main thoroughfare of a smaller village, town, or even neighborhood that was later swallowed up by creeping urbanization.
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Old 11-16-2017, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by LINative View Post
Just a guess, but maybe it was called Main Street in Charlestown before Charlestown joined with Boston? Charlestown actually has its own history independent of Boston because she only became part of Boston 140 years or so ago but was independent for almost 250 years before that.
Yes, Main St Charlestown was and is the main street in Charlestown.

There are actually 5 Main Streets in New York City, one in each Borough. The two probably closest to what people think of a typical Main street, are Main Street in Flushing, Queens and the Main Street in Tottenville, Staten Island.
The one in Dumbo, in Brooklyn, seems like a vestige of Bk's early days. Hardly the main street any more. Main St Flushing was the main street of that town (when it was an independent town) and still seems so.

There are also 3 Broadways in NYC that I know of. The famous one runs throughout Manhattan and into the Bronx and continues to Albany as the Albany Post Road. But Brooklyn and Queens each of their own Broadway which are totally unrelated to the famous one in Manhattan. Both the Brooklyn and Queens Broadways run toward what used to be ferry landings to Manhattan, so maybe that has something to do with how they got their name.
Popular name in NY.

Holyoke, MA, has a Main Street but the main shopping/business/civic street was always High Street.
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Old 11-16-2017, 01:57 PM
Location: The Springs
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There is a "Main Street" in Colorado Springs that's way north of DT and is about a mile long. Our main street is Nevada Avenue.
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Old 11-16-2017, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by ABQConvict View Post
I think many of these "Main Streets" were once the main thoroughfare of a smaller village, town, or even neighborhood that was later swallowed up by creeping urbanization.
There are some that are not, some cities/towns evolved from their original settlement. Hull, MA is a good example, Main Street is at the way northern end of the peninsula, when it was a fishing town, that was their harbor. Then is the 1800s it because a resort town, and Nantasket Ave became the "main street" in the town. Salisbury, MA and Hampton, NH are the same way. they were originally small towns, a couple miles inland and the beach resort a couple miles away took over and became the main strip for the town.
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Old 11-16-2017, 04:33 PM
Location: Lake Spivey, Georgia
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Peachtree Street is the main thoroughfare in Atlanta, Georgia. It starts just south of Downtown and runs north through Midtown, and uptown into Buckhead where it becomes Peachtree Road when it passes Peachtree Battle Avenue. (Yes, we have A LOT of "Peachtree" named streets here, including West Peachtree Street which begins at Peachtree Street just north of our famed Portman designed Peachtree Center complex and runs parallel to Peachtree Street until it bows east and recrosses Peachtree Street again before it dead ends just past WSB studios, our local ABC affiliate.) Yes, that does mean that there are TWO corners of "Peachtree and West Peachtree"! It is really our main street with offices, hospitals, churches, stores, and even two huge shopping mall! Many people say it is the reason for our rather Linear skyline that basically follows the the Peachtree Street spineu uptown. Heading east or west into Atlanta, you will see three distinct skylines: Downtown, Midtown, and uptown (Buckhead).
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Old 11-18-2017, 02:44 PM
Location: SF, CA
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San Francisco has a Main Street, but it's not even a runner-up as far as being the true main street of the burg. Market Street is the actual axis of downtown.
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Old 11-18-2017, 04:55 PM
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Providence, RI has North Main and South Main Streets which are basically the same road with the direction name changing at one point. It is the original first road (first known as Towne Street) that was laid out by RI founder Roger Williams when Providence was first settled in 1636. All the original house lots and places of importance (First Baptist Church of America/Original colonial RI Statehouse/Market Square building/original drinking water spring) were initially along this street (many still stand). It remained the commercial center of the city until the early 1800's when the center of business and government moved a bit west (later along with the advent of the first city railroad station) where it still remains.
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Old 11-18-2017, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Simpsonvilllian View Post
You could make the case that Gervais is the real Main Street in Columbia SC.
Not sure this fits within the spirit if the thread. Think the OP was referring to streets named Main Street that aren't the main streets of that town.

I live near a main street here in Atlanta but Peachtree street is clearly our main street.
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Old 11-18-2017, 07:23 PM
Location: Austin
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Salt Lake City has a Main Street but State Street, one block to the east, is much more significant.
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