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Wilmington needs to find the right balance

The way I see it Wilmington already has two successful shopping districts that are loaded with chains: Mayfaire and the Independence Mall, therefore I believe that downtown should be different in that it should have mostly "non-chain stores and restaurants", besides with downtown having a reputation of being a high crime area filled with rowdy bars, how else are you gonna draw people downtown unless there a fan of Dawson's Creek or One Tree Hill?

If you allow chains to takeover downtown, then eventually downtown will be a ghost town, because people will go to Mayfaire and the mall instead and get the same services without the parking and crime issues that plague downtown.

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