Historically, Broughton Street has served as a Main Street for Savannah. It has also served as the local and regional hub for economic, social and cultural activities. Following World War II, and the subsequent national trend of suburbanization, Broughton Street began to decline in ways typical of urban centers across the country. With contemporary historic preservation tactics, this decline can be reversed to encourage the revitalization of Broughton Street. As the hub of economic vibrancy for the region, the Greater Downtown Savannah area maintains its historic and culturally diverse identity while preserving the original Oglethorpe Plan, and while embracing future growth and providing an unparalleled quality of life.