Greetings. I am Patrice Foresman, and I want to welcome you to my blog, Main Street Directions. I chose Main Street Directions specifically to reference that the Main Street Business Alliance (MSBA) is redefining Hackensack’s historic downtown district, and the direction is straight ahead to revitalization. I’m the Executive Director of the Main Street Business Alliance, and it is my distinct pleasure to invite you to experience Main Street through my impressions here and first-hand when you come to work, shop, dine, and play.
Drawing on our city’s proud history, the Main Street Business Alliance is changing Main Street into a vital destination once again, both for residents of Hackensack and visitors from other Bergen County towns. Anything that happens in our downtown is going to positively impact all of northern New Jersey! And it’s already happening!
Each year, the Main Street Business Alliance hosts wonderful events on Main Street. Events like the Annual Street Festival on the first Saturday in October draws thousands to downtown. And our Christmas Tree Lighting has become the official kickoff to the holiday season.
Hackensack was recently named NJ Transit’s 31st Transit Village, in part because of strategic planning and revitalization efforts by the city administration, city planners, and the Alliance within a half-mile radius of Hackensack’s rail and bus facilities. Our restaurants and stores are beginning to see the vital impact that social media and regular advertising can accomplish on a regular basis.
And I can promise you there’s much more to come. I hope you’ll bookmark Main Street Directions and read along with me as I chronicle the growth and revitalization of our great city. And please provide feedback on how we’re doing—all of our efforts are for the benefit of our residents, business owners, and visitors so let us know how we are doing. Suggestions welcome!
In the meantime, be sure to get down here and see downtown Hackensack for yourself. It’s changing for the better all the time.