Taos downtown district

MainStreet announces first project

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 12/6/18

Taos MainStreet is ready to start its work in revitalizing Taos’ downtown district. For the first project, the group will light the pathways of downtown with luminarias...

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Taos downtown district

MainStreet announces first project

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With the holidays just around the corner, Taos MainStreet announced its first project and plans to light up downtown.

After a series of meetings and applications, Taos MainStreet is ready to start its work in revitalizing Taos’ downtown district. For the first project, the group will light the pathways of downtown with luminarias, or farolitos, for the Christmas holiday and will seek to keep them up well into 2019. MainStreet is asking the community for assistance and hopes to gather support for future projects down the road.

“Part of invigorating our downtown is to find ways to bring our community together,” said MainStreet chair Elizabeth Crittenden Palacios. “Farolitos are appreciated and admired by all people.”

The effort will bring in downtown business to set up their own lights through MainStreet’s initiative, and Ace Hardware has offered a 30 percent discount for businesses purchasing the lights from them. The lights will be plastic electric luminarias that should be set up by Dec. 15. The group is encouraging “rooftop farolitos” for the downtown area.

Farolitos and luminarias have been a New Mexico holiday tradition for many years that often signify the start of the holiday season. Traditionally, candles are placed in paper bags filled with sand and placed on the ground to light a pathway at night. 

Taos MainStreet is a community-based organization formed to revitalize and update the downtown area of Taos. The program is a national foundation that helps states and local municipalities bring attention to main street districts in towns. Currently, New Mexico has 28 MainStreet communities.

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