The Church Street Marketplace District is a business improvement district created in 1981, that includes the public street and all properties that abut Church Street between Pearl and Main Streets. It is a National Register Historic District and has been named one of the Great Public Spaces in America for its historic buildings, thriving retail trade, carefully maintained streets and walkways, and strong community support.
Each year some 3 million visitors come here to shop, eat, meet and greet, mark milestones, or just pass the time of day. All property owners in the district pay an additional tax (called the “common area fee”) that funds 70% of the District’s operations. The District may not receive funding for its operation from the City’s general fund.