Main Street


Main Street is the metonym for a generic street name (and often the official name) of the primary retail street of a village, town or small city in many parts of the world. It is usually a focal point for shops and retailers in the central business district, and is most often used in reference to retailing and socializing.

The term is commonly used in the United States, less often in Canada, Australia, Ireland and extremely rarely in the United Kingdom where the common description is High Street. In Jamaica the term is Front Street. In some parts of South West of England the equivalent used is Fore Street.

In some larger cities, there may be several Main Streets, each relating to a specific neighborhood or formerly separate city, rather than the city as a whole. In many larger U.S. cities "Main Street" is a U.S. Highway, as the streets that helped develop the cities around were converted to highways.

Read more about Main Street:  American Cultural Usage, International Use and Equivalents

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... Shopping Centre has an entrance close to the midpoint of Letterkenny's Main Street ... close to the Library and Arts Centre on the Lower Main Street side and the Bank of Ireland on the Upper Main Street side, it also overlooks Pearse Street and Oliver Plunkett Street ... is built spirally on a slope so, if approached from the Main Street entrance, the visitor, when making their way through the complex, descends into the ground via a series of escalators ...
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    Main Street was never the same. I read Gide and tried to
    translate Proust. Now nothing is real except French wine.
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    And I shall die an old Parisian.
    Conrad Kent Rivers (1933–1968)

    Down in the street there are ice-cream parlors to go to
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    John Ashbery (b. 1927)

    I knew that the wall was the main thing in Quebec, and had cost a great deal of money.... In fact, these are the only remarkable walls we have in North America, though we have a good deal of Virginia fence, it is true.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)