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Old 07-15-2008, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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qaz123 - You do have some good points in your list of 5 things that could be done differently. I especially like #5...So true!

I agree though....the weather is great.
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:06 PM
 
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I see you are orignially from New York and have lived in Wilmington for 3 years. What part of NY are you from?

Judging by your comments on this thread and othes, you like the weather here but not much else. Are you going to stay?

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I moved here because I like the weather.
Hopefully change is coming. Corruption is being brought out in the open and being dealt with.
I have a ways to go before I retire and think that enough outsiders moving in will change the self centered, ignorant, lazy mind set that plagues so many that are 'from here" to a kinder, gentler community that stops stabbing each other in the back each chance they get.
The old excuse of "your in the south now" as told to me by the real estate agent that I used to purchase my home with is a **** poor excuse for peoples lack of work ethics.
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:44 PM
 
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I'm from upstate ny. I'm looking to relocate, it's a nice place to live for a while but I do not want to retire here. The cost of living for this area is too high for the local offerings.
In Ny we had high taxes and you received quality government and services.
Down here-well you get what you pay for.
And the cost of living is much more than the wages offered.
I feel sorry for someone that is retired and on a fixed income in this area.
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Old 08-18-2008, 02:44 PM
 
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Excellent original question. I have often wondered why North Carolina did not have a mega coastal city like other states. In fact, until recently, NC did not have a big city at all. For SC, at least Charleston used to be one of the nation's largest cities, but NC didn't even have a major coastal city back in the day.
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Old 08-18-2008, 03:31 PM
 
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One possibility as to why NC has not had a large port city is that the coastal cities in NC are far from I-95. When compared to other large coastal cities, the other cities appear to have relatively quick access to I95, and hence, the ability to move goods quickly.

Since I40 connected Wilmington to I-95, the Wilmington area has seen a growth spurt and there appears to be very little let up in the foreseeable future.
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Old 08-18-2008, 03:37 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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One possibility as to why NC has not had a large port city is that the coastal cities in NC are far from I-95. When compared to other large coastal cities, the other cities appear to have relatively quick access to I95, and hence, the ability to move goods quickly.

Since I40 connected Wilmington to I-95, the Wilmington area has seen a growth spurt and there appears to be very little let up in the foreseeable future.
I still remember the day that I 40 did not go to Wilmington . It was completed in 1990 To The Shore! - North Carolina's Struggle to Build Interstate 40 to the Atlantic Coast
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Old 08-18-2008, 03:43 PM
 
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[quote=BeachLiving;4906136]One possibility as to why NC has not had a large port city is that the coastal cities in NC are far from I-95. When compared to other large coastal cities, the other cities appear to have relatively quick access to I95, and hence, the ability to move goods quickly.

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Yeah, but NYC, Boston, Baltimore, Richmond, Norfolk, New Orleans, and Miami were megacities well before interstate highways. I-95/20 are relatively recent factors, but the reasons why certain coastal cities are megacities go back to colonial days.
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Old 08-21-2008, 11:51 AM
 
Location: wilmington
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One possibility as to why NC has not had a large port city is that the coastal cities in NC are far from I-95. When compared to other large coastal cities, the other cities appear to have relatively quick access to I95, and hence, the ability to move goods quickly.

Since I40 connected Wilmington to I-95, the Wilmington area has seen a growth spurt and there appears to be very little let up in the foreseeable future.
BINGO! Raleigh was as far east I-40 traveled for a long time(late 80, early 90's). You had to figure out which highway to use depending on your location (74 from the West and 421 or 17 from N/S).
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Old 08-21-2008, 12:18 PM
 
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Wilmington is a port city but the port is way up the cape fear river, (about 20 miles) That's why they are planning on building another port in Southport which is directly on the water.
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Old 08-21-2008, 12:20 PM
 
Location: NC's southern coastline
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I think for many of us, there just aren't the jobs available to even consider Wilmington. Now, if the jobs were there, that would be a place I would think about.

Dawn
I think this hits the nail on the head right here. The reason Wilmington is not exploding is that there is not a lot of choice in employment that pays well, it's hard to come by, and not growing much.

If a lot of high paying jobs would open up, it would explode. I personally don't want to see this!
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