the "developement of downtown" and by that you're referring exclusively to "downtown" businesses, not even its residential population. Wilmington's a much bigger place than just "downtown". Most of the populace of Wilmington live somewhere other than "downtown". Yet you, and your "downtown" insiders, make it blatently obvious that all you care about is "downtown".
If that's all you care about, why should anyone outside of "downtown" care about you or want to pick up the tab for something that will only benefit a select few like yourself?
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