City reaches out to residents for help with brick streets
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For many residents, the brick streets that stretch around downtown are a vital part of the city.
“I think they’re romantic and they give the city a lot of character,” said resident Timothy McCoppin.
Today and tomorrow, the city is reaching out to its residents in hopes to update an almost 20-year-old policy regarding the streets according to communications manager Malissa Talbert.
“We have limited funds and a limited supply of historic bricks, it’s not something you can find very easily, and because our brick streets are so important, we just want to make sure that we’re treating them the right way and preserving them,” Talbert said.
The city said it costs almost three times as much to buy bricks than to buy asphalt, but resident Thomas Porter thinks the decision will pay off in the long run.
“It’s a long-term investment that I think will pay off because the brick streets supposedly last so much longer than asphalt or concrete,” Porter said.
Wilmington currently has no budget in place for the brick streets but hopes to soon, with the new policies.