USA Today examines the pain on Main Street. 1st stop: downtown Phoenix

Mike Canzona, downtown Phoenix hot dog vendor (photo: David Wallace, Arizona Republic)

[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.

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