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The neighborhoods in North Wilmington and Northeast Wilmington are notorious for being centers for the East Coast drug trade, and for crimes that are associated with drug problems, such as homicides. While not every neighborhood in these sections of Wilmington are as bad, crime is high enough to keep honest-living people out. The city is trying to change the image of the worst areas, though. Eastlake is a neighborhood that has seen change. Riverside, while not the most notorious neighborhood in the city, could see some change of its own in the future. As the bad neighborhoods are changed for the better, less dangerous neighborhoods like Eastlawn, Harlan Park, and Brandywine Village will also be improved, to the benefit of the residents of those areas.



Eastlake is a neighborhood that began as a housing project. The neighborhood was Wilmington's first housing project, and was built to replace slum housing that had existed previously. Construction began in 1942. Housing was originally intended for employees of the nearby matienance yard for the Pennsylvania Railroad, it was eventually turned into low-income housing, as specified by the Federal Public Housing Authority. The Eastlake housing was constructed with quantity in mind instead of quality, and the project looks like other projects built at that time all over the nation. As the housing deteriorated, those who had the means to move out did so, leaving the poorest in the neighborhood. Eastlake gradually became a haven for drugs and violent crime. The neighborhood, nicknamed "The Bucket", was deemed a failure in the 1970s and 1980s, and plans to raze the entire neighborhood were discussed in the 1990s. A federal HOPE VI grant was landed, and combined with help from non-profit organizations, the housing project was demolished, and rowhouses were built, beginning in 2001. Houses were offered at discounts so that people could own a home for the first time, and renters who still needed low-income housing were mixed in with the owners. The idea was to encourage renters to save their money and eventually plan on owning a house themselves. The new rowhouses were finished by 2005, and the neighborhood has been a big success story for the city, gaining national attention and praise.





Looking across Speakman Park at new infill and old rowhouses along Speakman Place, with the Wilmington skyline in the background.



Houses on 30th Street.



The old Speakman factory on 30th Street. The factory was used to build plumbing supplies until it was abandoned. It then became a place for the homeless to live and for drug deals to be made in private. The factory was already slated for demolition and redevelopment when it burned down in early 2007. It will now be the location of a sub-neighborhood called "Speakman Place".



Playgrounds in Speakman Park.



New houses on Church Street.



Houses on 26th Street.



Houses on 25th Street where it curves into 24th Street.



Houses on Thatcher Street.



Houses on Church Street.



Small rowhouses on 27th Street.



Houses on 27th Street.



Houses on Speakman Place.



Houses on Pine Street.



Looking up 28th Street at the abandoned Crestview Apartments, which caught on fire in the Summer of 2006.



Houses on 29th Street.



Looking across Speakman Park at new houses, Brown-Burton Winchester Memorial Park, and the Wilmington skyline from 30th Street.



An apartment building and Kennedy Fried Chicken on Market Street at 30th Street.



The Crestview Apartments, on Market Street at 27th Street. The building is preparing to open after renovations to repair structural and fire damage.



Houses on 23rd Street.



New houses on Thatcher Street.



Looking across a median separating 24th Street and 25th Street, to a small community center.





Eastlawn is a small neighborhood on the northern edge of Wilmington. The neighborhood borders Riverview Cemetery. Eastlawn sometimes is included in nearby Eastlake to the south, or with Penn Rose to the north, which is actually outside of the city limits.





Houses on 35th Street.



Older infill on 35th Street.



Houses on 35th Street.



Rowhouses on Eastlawn Avenue.





Riverside is a neighborhood that was developed in 1959 as a housing project for displaced residents of the "Poplar A" project, a relocation project to eliminate slums. The Poplar A slum area was a section of the East Side, east of Center City, along Poplar Street. Riverside, originally called Eastlake Extension, failed mainly because it was meant to be permanent low-income housing, as opposed to housing in Eastlake, which was intended to be temporary housing after World War II for veterans who needed time to find jobs and to buy a house.





Houses on 24th Street.



Abandoned houses on Bowers Street.



Abandoned houses on 27th Street.



Houses on Bowers Street.



Houses on Todds Lane.

 

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that part of wilmington is about 50% complete. can't wait until speakman place is done and all the other housing being built in northeast wilmington. also cant wait to see the ninth ward pictures, thats where i'm from around P.S.
 

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Interesting. It doesn't look dangerous to me at all. The pictures of the city don't give that extremely dangerous city vibe that the city is known for.
 

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Interesting. It doesn't look dangerous to me at all. The pictures of the city don't give that extremely dangerous city vibe that the city is known for.
 

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That Eastlake neighborhood sure looks like it's turning around!
Eastlawn doesn't look in too bad of shape.
Riverside doesn't look too bad, in rough shape, but not in disrepair by any means.

For all these neighborhoods being notorious for drug trades and crimes, they don't look too bad!
 

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While the terrain is workable and not as old and shabby as some areas, the problem with renovating the Northeast (of Wilmington) is it's isolation. It's a bit cut off from the city, especially the city's financial development. Riverside is the most isolated of all and hence the least worked on. Wilmington's prosperity should touch there soon. Are the McMullen apartments the "trendy new townhomes" as advertised on N. Market? Any new developments?

I agree the pics do not have to negative a vibe, but being there the vibe is much more tangible. I interviewed for a job at East Side Charter on 30th and N. Claymont in Eastlawn. Really good school, but the surrounding blocks were primarily boarded up houses and the feeling was of a populated ghost town. It's an area that needs help.
 

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These are just random PrntScr shoots from Googlemaps.com

Riverside is "the bucket"

Who said Eastlake is or ever was "the Bucket?"

Somebody needs to respond to this...

Right now the Projects are still alive in wilmington DE, i just seen them in person with my own 2 eyes...

Here are Random pics from today of Googlemaps.com

"the bucket" 2011 Wilmington Delaware




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Doesnt look as bad as Providence or Hartford. Perhaps the city could instead focus more on getting rid of the crime and keeping the population there rather then flee for somewhere else.
 
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