[Source: USA Today] — As a national recession deepens and the federal government bails out Wall Street, Americans are increasingly concerned about the economic health of Main Street. That phrase evokes images of family-owned businesses in small towns. Yet, every city has a Main Street — a major boulevard of commerce in its downtown business district. To find out how these communities are doing, USA Today visited five Main Streets in different-size cities around the country.
The first in the series, Central Avenue in Phoenix, includes “on the street” video interviews and photo montage of downtown Phoenix.