The City of Boston has always been ahead of the curve in its efforts to support traditional neighborhood commercial districts. This holiday season is no exception. This week Mayor Thomas Menino announced the “Deck the Windows of Boston Main Streets” contest in an effort to recognize the best holiday window decorations by small business owners along their twenty designated ‘Main Street’ districts. For a look at the flyer, click here.

I like how the City is encouraging business owners to decorate their windows and create a festive holiday atmosphere in traditional business districts. This is just one component of its expanding “Holidays on Main Streets” program. In addition to the contest, the city has established free holiday parking and maintains a website announcing local holiday events along each of the Main Street districts.