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Various photos of downtown Wilmington. With new hotels, more restaurants, more people living here it is really vibrant now. All photos today.  New Waffle House coming on Front Street too.  It is good to see residents walking dogs and jogging downtown in the main business district. 

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More new riverfront apartments planned by the marina and the planned park. http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/real_estate_-_residential/2019/09/11/on_waterfront_downtown_firm_plans_7-story_project_with

New riverfront park finally breaks ground and this is great for downtown and Wilmington as a whole. http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/real_estate_-_commercial/2019/12/09/n_waterfront_park_project_coul

New Aloft hotel breaks ground https://www.wwaytv3.com/2019/01/18/city-breaks-ground-on-new-30m-hotel-in-downtown-wilmington/ Photos of the new Pier 33 project in downtown https://www.st

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New 7 story riverfront Aloft hotel proposed behind Coastline Center on a skinny lot.  https://www.wwaytv3.com/2017/12/12/aloft-hotel-coming-to-downtown-wilmington/

another story about it 

https://portcitydaily.com/2017/12/11/aloft-coastline-hotel-submits-plans-for-7-story-hotel-in-downtown-wilmington-biz/

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I love Wilmington and am happy with the growth going on down there but these new hotels are looking pretty cheap.  I would think that Wilmington would have better design guidelines or their Planning Board and/or City Council would do more to make these new buildings fit in better to their surroundings.  

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2 hours ago, jtmonk said:

I love Wilmington and am happy with the growth going on down there but these new hotels are looking pretty cheap.  I would think that Wilmington would have better design guidelines or their Planning Board and/or City Council would do more to make these new buildings fit in better to their surroundings.  

While there are some architecture gems in Wilmington, most of them are from the turn of the century, if not much older than that. The only real modern architectural developments that look hopeful are the Water Street Development. Wilmington is amass with potential, but unfortunately, just downtown seems to have been properly developed in a way that encourages some density. Look up around the university and you see a continuous strip of bleakness. It's really unfortunate.

But I think we are starting to see a shift in how Wilmington, and even some of the smaller towns around the city are beginning to develop urban cores.

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I like the mixture of new hotels and office buildings along with the historical ones and smaller buildings along Front St plus a huge historical residential area near downtown.  These photos are from today and last ones are from the new Sawmill apartments along the river.  I think the downtown is really vibrant and even getting better.  The Riverwalk is longer than Savannah's for example.  Downtown needed some newer office space or the businesses would have gone to the suburbs.  

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