My Turn Your Turn: Historic Downtown Wilmington

WILMINGTON -- I received an email last week that reminded me beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

A viewer wrote about historic Wilmington. The email was prompted by a news story we ran on plans to tear down the old Wachovia building downtown. The viewer was particularly upset about a sound bite that said, "I bid adieu- the ugliest building I know."

"Maybe it is, maybe it isn't," J.W. wrote, "However, it indicates to me that he cares nothing for history, only the money he is making off of destroying it.  There are signs which say "Historic Wilmington," when there is very little left that is historic.  Developers do not want or care to try to maintain the very thing that supposedly brought them here."

The old Wachovia building dates back to the 1960's and I'm not sure that makes it a historic landmark.  But J.W.'s email does demonstrate a challenge we face - that somehow we have to deal with the delicate balance between progress and preserving our past.

That's J.W.'s turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment or anything else, email me at