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What nonsensical drivel

"John Hinnant from the economic development organization Wilmington Downtown says the signs in the windows don't necessarily mean downtown is hurting for business. Hinnant said, "You're actually looking at a strength of downtown as we're taking a lot of caution in how we grow, and we're being selective with our tenants."" Sure, pal. All those empty business locations signify "strength," because you're being "selective." That's not an unbelievable load of bovine droppings, is it? It couldn't be that Downtown is now much widely thought of as a swine-pit rather than a shopping area, could it? Downtown's current attributes include panhandlers, vagrants, the lingering odor of vomit and urine in every doorway, and the odd assortmant of drunks, druggies, and simple lost souls wandering around aimlessly, talking to themselves at all hours of the day or night. It couldn't be that just as we have seen EVERWHERE in this nation for the past forty years, downtowns die as the people with increasing wealth move to the suburbs, could it? Why would a business owner want to locate Downtown when "the money" is now out at Landfall, Porter's Neck, and Figure Eight Island.....and why would anyone from those areas drive all the way Downtown for something they can purchase at Mayfair or even on College or Oleander? Exactly what is there to attract people to come visit downtown? The opportunity to see the winos? If this city is sincere about revitalizing the Downtown Area, go look at Norfolk, Baltimore, or any of several cities that have done it and done it well. The key is to clean the area up (as in TAKE OUT THE TRASH), develop it as a center for quaint, niche shops, medium to high-end restaurants, and true night clubs (as opposed to college vomitoriums), then market Downtown as a tourist attraction in its own right. "The Wilmington Waterfront," would be booming if the city realized that the key is neither a convention center (at this time) nor expanding the squalor Northward, but simply cleaning up and marketing what they already have. Then, they really COULD be selective about what businesses fit into Downtown, and which didn't. Globally, downtown business districts simply cannot survive without active management and investment by the city. Wilmington has had its head in the sand for far too long, clinging to a belief that "Downtown will always be vibrant simply because it IS Downtown." As Downtown Wilmington starts to resemble the main street in Chadbourn, they may want to re-think their position.


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