10 streets that define America

We're taking an exhaustive look at the forces shaping our cities today: the regenerative power of small businesses, changes brought by new development, alternative transportation options, and rich, if burdensome, cultural legacies. We chose ten streets across America which best represented those forces of change.
  1. North Street — Burlington, VT
    The strip of small businesses along Burlington’s North Street symbolizes how a growing immigrant population has become interwoven into the town’s traditional blue-collar enclave, and in turn, helped spark a renaissance. Read more: http://bit.ly/2fkAkym (Photo by Shane Lavalette)
  2. Broadway — Sacramento, CA
    Highway development in Sacramento displaced a historically diverse population decades ago, but instead of disappearing, they are thriving on Broadway, the city’s cross-cultural beating heart. Read more: http://bit.ly/2eKBCiE (Photo by Carlos Chavarría)
  3. Smallman Street — Pittsburgh, PA
    After experiencing decades of population decline, Pittsburgh is undergoing a renaissance as a hotspot for first-time homebuyers, while booming development in the Strip District raises questions about gentrification. Read more: http://bit.ly/2eWH3ub (Photo by Kristian Thacker)
  4. Wynkoop Street — Denver, CO
    Denver’s Wynkoop Street, now bustling with pedestrian plazas, sports venues, and breweries, fully encapsulates the city’s meandering path through boom and bust, recovery, and gentrification. Read more: http://bit.ly/2eVl5c9 (Photo by Theo Stroomer)
  5. Main Street — Louisville, KY
    The oldest street in town has been carefully designed and programmed as a cultural hub—a destination for suburban daytrippers and a major draw for tourists. Read more: http://bit.ly/2eWECHM (Photo by Tim Harris)
  6. Central Avenue — Phoenix, AZ
    Life proves challenging as record-high temperatures threaten Phoenix’s attempts to diversify its transportation through walking, biking, and light rail. Read more: http://bit.ly/2fkATYP (Photo by Matt Lilyutt)
  7. South King Street — Honolulu, HI
    While Honolulu develops at a dizzying speed, South King Street remains largely unchanged. But it could usher in Honolulu’s transportation transformation. Read more: http://bit.ly/2eg5lza (Photo by Marco Garcia)
  8. Druid Hill Avenue — Baltimore, MD
    In a city where grand homes abut dilapidated housing, historic preservation is a hot-button issue. But residents share a common goal: Solving the widespread blight that holds the neighborhood of Marble Hill back from a renaissance. Read more: http://bit.ly/2eRLibh (Photo by Andrew Mangum)
  9. Petronia Street — Key West, FL
    A thriving tourism industry is fueling booming developments in Key West, a small town that welcomes two million vacationers a year. But are the island’s 26,000 residents getting left behind? Read more: http://bit.ly/2eVknM0 (Photo by Scott McIntyre)
  10. Farish Street — Jackson, MS
    The intersection of Farish and Capitol Streets has long been a center of African-American culture and business in Jackson. Can it withstand faltered redevelopment plans and an economic downturn? Read more: http://bit.ly/2eVjV0e (Photo by Ashley Gates)