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here are some pictures of the grit in wilmington. these pictures are from all over areas of the city, but many come from the usual neighborhoods: the east side, price run, southbridge, and the undeveloped areas of the riverfront.

these pictures show that wilmington can be as gritty as your stereotypical grit cities like new york city, philadelphia, buffalo, baltimore, cleveland, or detroit. of course, wilmington also has the character, history, and architecture of cities like this as well.

some of these pictures i've shown before, and some are new. i'm also using grayscale for the first time in a thread.











































i'll close the thread with a skyline picture from near the port of wilmington.

 

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many of them are right up there with camden. wilmington was ranked as the 22nd most dangerous city in the united states in 2004 in terms of violent crimes per capita. and most of those crimes happened in the usual trouble areas: the neighborhoods of riverside, price run, the east side, gander hill, eastlake, hilltop, and quaker hill. i would say that around 75 to 80% of the violent crimes (murders, rapes, shootings, etc) happened in those neighborhoods. as it is, i believe half of all shootings in wilmington in 2004 took place in the east side (although i might have the neighborhood wrong).

fortunately, wilmington is not on the "most dangerous cities" list this year. but with a huge drug industry in wilmington (wilmington is the fork in the road, where half of the drugs go to philly and half go to new york city or boston), wilmington will have very dangerous neighborhoods.
 

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that certainly is gritty. i love the picture with those two large brick apartment blocks that are boarded up. it would be nice to see someone save those buildings.
 
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