The National Trust bases its Main Street awards on the criteria of atmosphere, the people who work to support Main Street, and of course, historical significance. An honorable mention this year went to Fond du Lac, WI, which was noted as “one to watch” for next year. Which is kinda weird -- do Main Streets really change all that much in 12 months?
According to USA Today, this year's winners were praised for their "great convergence of old and new,” as many of the creaking, old Victorians on each street are now being utilized to support modern art and the tech industry. America, if anything, is always evolving.
Check out out the archive of previous winners here.