Fresno's historic Main Street, "Fulton Street", was turned into a pedestrian mall in 1964. By the late 70's/early 80's, the pedestrian mall became desolate, as retailers on the former main street moved north to the new shopping malls. After years of work to start a movement to revitalize Downtown Fresno and our former main street, the City of Fresno was awarded a TIGER grant to return Fulton to a street. Sixty-three years after being turned into a pedestrian mall, in October of 2017 Fulton Street reopened to vehicular traffic! Customers can now park in front of their favorite store/restaurant. There are currently 18 vacant storefronts on Fulton. Many have sat empty for years and are in need of renovation to be brought up to code, as well as facade improvements. Many of the historic buildings on Fulton sit empty, while others have been covered over with facades over the years, hiding their original historic architecture. The businesses currently on Fulton endured a year and a half of construction during the remodel of the street, which led to loss of business/profit. Downtown Fresno and Fulton Street are the heart of Fresno. Nowhere else in our city can you find such rich culture and history. Downtown Fresno can return to the bustling lively downtown it once was! To win the America's Main Streets contest would give Fulton Street an incredible jump start on the current revitalization efforts being made by property owners, the City of Fresno and its citizens to bring our historic main street and the heart of our city, back to life.