These pictures are from a book-in-progress, with the working title The Heart of Town: Main Streets in America. It was begun in October 2001 and continues. There was a gap of several years after 2005 when I concentrated on post-Katrina urban planning work. I still photographed downtowns, but sought out certain elements for urban analysis. Those pictures are on another website, the Transect Collection, where you can learn how different frontages support different walkable habitats.

Many of the images in this gallery are from my 2011 road trip coast-to-coast on US Route 50, which is arguably America's Main Street. It follows a rural-to-urban transect in and out of towns. Often US 50 becomes, literally, Main Street.

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Main Street, Chillicothe, OH (Moss) 2011

Main Street, Chillicothe, OH (Moss)  2011

Main Street, Spring City, PA 2013

Main Street, Spring City, PA  2013

First Street, Salida, CO (Blue Wall) 2011

First Street, Salida, CO (Blue Wall) 2011

Broadway Street, Cottonwood Falls, KS (Brick) 2011

Broadway Street, Cottonwood Falls, KS (Brick)  2011

Railroad Avenue, Green River, WY (The Brewery) 2008

Railroad Avenue, Green River, WY (The Brewery)  2008

Fourth Street, Rawlins, WY (Rifleman) 2008

Fourth Street, Rawlins, WY (Rifleman)  2008

16th Street, Cheyenne, WY (Fire Picture) 2008

16th Street, Cheyenne, WY (Fire Picture)  2008

Main Street, McArthur, OH (Dirt Bike) 2011

Main Street, McArthur, OH (Dirt Bike)  2011

Broad Street, Nevada City, CA (Early Morning) 2011

Broad Street, Nevada City, CA (Early Morning)  2011

16th Street, Cheyenne, WY (The Wrangler) 2008

16th Street, Cheyenne, WY (The Wrangler)  2008

Cottonwood Street, Strong City, KS (Crack) 2011

Cottonwood Street, Strong City, KS (Crack)  2011

Main Street, Austin, NV (Hardware Supply) 2011

Main Street, Austin, NV (Hardware Supply)  2011

George Washington Highway, Gormania, WV (State Line) 2011

George Washington Highway, Gormania, WV (State Line)  2011

Elm & Main, Rocky Ford, CO (Lad & Dad Shoes) 2011

Elm & Main, Rocky Ford, CO (Lad & Dad Shoes)  2011

Main & North, Flora, IL (Mural) 2011

Main & North, Flora, IL (Mural)  2011

Main Street, Spring City, PA (Colors) 2013

Main Street, Spring City, PA (Colors)  2013

Main Street & US 50, Hasty, CO (Post Office) 2011

Main Street & US 50, Hasty, CO (Post Office) 2011

Church & Morrison, Fayette, MO (Hereford) 2011

Church & Morrison, Fayette, MO (Hereford)  2011

Cedar Street, Rawlins, WY (Wyo) 2008

Cedar Street, Rawlins, WY (Wyo)  2008

Main Street, Blackwater, MO (Iron Horse) 2011

Main Street, Blackwater, MO (Iron Horse)  2011