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Downtown Wilmington

Work starts on downtown hotel

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Work is underway on a new hotel in downtown Wilmington. Local leaders helped break ground today for a Courtyard Marriott. Full story...
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City schedules meeting on downtown sign rules

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In the wake of public outcry over an ordinance restricting signs at downtown businesses, the City of Wilmington has called a public meeting. Full story...
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Civil War life on display at downtown library

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A traveling Civil War exhibit is currently on display at the New Hanover County Library in downtown Wilmington. The exhibit features images of women, soldiers and freed men. It's a rare look at what life was like during that time. Full story...
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Diligence closed to tours during maintenance

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The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is a draw along downtown Wilmington's Riverwalk, but for the next several months it will not be open to visitors. Full story...
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3rd Street work continues downtown

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If you've been to downtown Wilmington in the past couple months you've likely noticed construction and increased traffic along N. 3rd Street. Full story...
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New store brings old feel to downtown Wilmington

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video There's an old saying "If you hold onto it long enough, it will come back in style." A new shop in downtown Wilmington is banking on the clothing karma, hoping these classics make their way to the Wonder Shop and then to your closet. At the Wonder Shop, that's not just the business plan, but the inspiration for the store itself. Full story...
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Brewery owner taking downtown nightlife issues into his own hands

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videoDowntown Wilmington's nightlife has been a big topic of debate the last few years. From bars trying to keep out members of the military to fights and even murders at and around clubs, the downtown scene has developed a reputation for violence after about 2 a.m. That's caused one downtown business owner to take things into his own hands. Full story...
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Riverfest draws thousands to downtown Wilmington

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Folks lined Water Street in downtown Wilmington this weekend for the annual Riverfest. The event, which started in 1979, drew thousands of people to the banks of the Cape Fear River beginning Friday and ending Sunday. Full story...
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Sparks asks council to reconsider sign rules

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video Discussions on a controversial downtown Wilmington sign ordinance are far from over. Tomorrow City Council will talk about possibly suspending enforcement of the law. Full story...
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City of Wilmington dictates to downtown business owners what they can't put in their own windows

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video The City of Wilmington's decision to enforce a sign ordinance that limits how much of a building's window is used for advertising, is not only affecting businesses downtown. Full story...
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Downtown business just finding out about 2008 sign ordinance change

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video Signs, signs, everywhere signs. But in downtown Wilmington, some business could be in violation of a city ordinance, and that could mean big bucks in an already tight economy. Full story...
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Wilmington City Council extends time on downtown meters

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If you think downtown parking meters give too little time and encourage too many tickets, you will be happy with a new Wilmington City Council decision. Full story...
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Trees down on Market Street

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videoThe effects of Hurricane Irene can now be seen in downtown Wilmington as well as the beach towns. Winds have picked up and trees are falling down. Full story...
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Downtown roads congested as students make their way to class

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video With new construction, new students, and new traffic patterns, getting anywhere downtown is harder than ever. Downtown Wilmington is packed with people on both roads and sidewalks, all in a hurry to get where they need to go. The corner of Front Street and Red Cross is especially busy because it’s smack in the middle of the Cape Fear campus. Full story...
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New Hanover Commissioners raise rates, increase paid hours at parking deck

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It’s going to cost you more to park in a certain area of downtown Wilmington. Today, New Hanover County Commissioners approved increasing the paid parking hours at the county owned parking deck on second street to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Currently parking is free after 7 p.m. Full story...
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