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Group Description

When politicians and the media mention Main Street, they evoke one people and one place. But there are over 10,466 streets named Main in the United States.

Mapping Main Street is a collaborative documentary media project that creates a new map of the country through stories, photos and videos recorded on actual Main Streets. We invite you to capture the stories and images of the country today. Use our Main Street map to find streets named Main close to your home or along the paths of your own travels. Go out, look around, talk to people, and contribute to this re-mapping of the United States.

The goal of this group is to document every street named Main in the country. This means going to each of these 10,466 places, snapping a photo, recording a video or writing a brief story. An absurd idea for a small group of people, but only a semi-ridiculous ambition in this era of collective intelligence.

Anyone can contribute to this project. The only requirement is that all photos and videos must be taken on a street named Main. Explore to find streets named Main near where you live or where you are traveling.

Tag all your photos or videos with the following words:

- mappingmainstreet
- name of place where you took the photo (e.g. chattanooga)
- name of state where you took the photo (e.g. tennessee)
- any words you feel describe the image or videos (e.g. people, ruin, sign, etc.)

Also, please make sure your photos are set to be publicly searchable. And we're big fans of Creative Commons, so if you are, too, set your licenses for Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.

Mapping Main Street is produced through the generous funding of Maker’s Quest 2.0, an initiative between the Association of Independent’s in Radio and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The project is also supported with funds from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

By joining this Flickr group and tagging your photos with “mappingmainstreet”, you are accepting the Mapping Main Street Terms of Use set forth at You are further consenting to have the content that you upload and/or “tag” to this group (the “Content”) displayed on and/or otherwise used by Mapping Main Street as follows:

•Subject to the terms set forth herein, you retain all intellectual property rights associated with the submitted materials to the extent that you have the rights under the applicable law. In other words, the rights that are granted to Mapping Main Street do not prevent you from exercising the rights that you already have in the Content.

•If you have licensed the Content under a Creative Commons license, Mapping Main Street will act in accordance with the terms of that license.

•If you have not licensed the Content under a Creative Commons license, you hereby grant and assign to Mapping Main Street a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, reuse, publish, modify, reproduce, index, display, distribute, transmit, parse, perform, translate into any language, convert into speech, make derivative works, make compilations, and/or sell the Content in connection with any and all goods and/or services offered by Mapping Main Street. Mapping Main Street reserves the right to retain archived copies of all Content, including but not limited to, Content you remove from third-party sites. You represent and warrant that you alone are responsible for the Content, and agree to indemnify, defend, save, and hold harmless Mapping Main Street as set forth in the provision under the heading, “Indemnities,” included in the Mapping Main Street Terms of Use. You hereby certify that you own or have obtained all of the necessary licenses, intellectual property rights, and permissions in order to post the Content (including but not limited to copyrights). Mapping Main Street agrees not to use the Content for commercial purposes without first requesting your permission.

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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