New Iberia's downtown revitalization achievements exemplify the Main Street approach to commercial district revitalization and preservation of historic structures. "The revitalization of downtown New Iberia is the direct result of the community's unified goal to re-establish this historic commercial district," said Richard Moe, past-president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Private investors and community volunteers work alongside city government to create one of "the most beautiful Main Streets in the country," according to bestselling author James Lee Burke. Today's downtown New Iberia, recognized by the National Main Street Center as a winner of the 2005 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) is an extension of its status as an antebellum center of culture, commerce, and tourism in the state of Louisiana. Charm and commerce blend well on New Iberia's Main Street. A large percentage of downtown buildings are completely renovated and restored, retaining the integrity of their original construction, making it popular for film crews as well as cultural tourists, and made all the more distinctive because of a wonderfully diverse mix of people and cultures. A revitalized downtown New Iberia exemplifies..."A Sense of Place"