dis ·tinc ·tive \d-stngktv\ adjective
of a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing
There are many elements that can help a downtown setting stand out and be remembered. Dedicated folks work hard to create, enhance, and protect these elements and in Pennsylvania, many have met with great success!
Creating distinction can be an effort that is large or small in scale. On the grand side, for 12 years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation sponsored its Dozen Distinctive Destinations program. This program honored communities that “showcased the best practices for creating an authentic visitor experience. By combining dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural landscapes, and a strong commitment to historic preservation, sustainability and revitalization ”“ each of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations offer something truly unique. In each community, residents have joined together and taken action to protect their town’s character.” In Pennsylvania, Doylestown, West Chester, and Lititz were each selected for this honor.
Successful distinction on a small scale has also found a home across Pennsylvania. And Lewisburg, PA is one of the best examples of that. I would be willing to bet that anyone who has spent any time in Lewisburg will make note of at least one thing ”“ the streetlights. More specifically, the three-globe lamp posts. Since 1912, these lights have been a feature in the downtown. Although truly historic and thought of as local landmarks, the classic elements are also an integral part of the modern day scene, adorning posters, various logos for local events, postcards, tote bags, gift certificates, and digital resources ”“ anything that is distinctively Lewisburg.
What are the distinctive features of your downtown and how can you capitalize on them, in large and small ways?