Consider This: A Cleaner Downtown

We recently posted a survey on our website asking if you thought downtown Wilmington needed cleaning up. Seventy-five percent of you responded "yes." Well, have you been downtown lately?

Remember all those newspaper and magazine racks lurking on every corner? They're gone now, and the city has installed these publication corrals for newspapers, entertainment weeklies, and shopping guides. Are cigarette butts your pet peeve? A pilot program initiated by Keep America Beautiful of New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington resulted in these ash receptacles on waste containers throughout downtown.

There are dozens of alleys throughout the city with historic significance. So the city started an "Adopt an Alley" program to get them cleaned up and make them more attractive to visitors. Three have been adopted so far; this one next to the Post Office by the Civitan Club. Residents of Old Wilmington invested a lot of time and money in fixing up Wilkinson's Alley between South Front and Water streets; and The Green Building Alliance added porous concrete to Toomer's Alley next to Kingoff's Jewelers, and they plan to add solar lighting and planters.

Wilmington Downtown Incorporated is coordinating quarterly cleanliness inspections and reporting to downtown businesses; and a group of restaurant, bar and club owners are working to do their part to make downtown cleaner.

So, you see, it's not really the same old downtown; you should check it out sometime soon. We think you'll be surprised. That's what we think. Tell us what you think.