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Old 07-04-2010, 04:14 PM
 
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Graduated college in May, looking to move out of NJ before starting a career. Want to get out of my area because it is way too expensive housing/tax wise.


What is the night life like? I realize it is a small city, but is there any area where you can walk around to a bunch of restaurants/bars that is not ghetto?

Assuming I am working in Wilmington, would you recommend living in Wilmington, Newark, or elsewhere? I would be renting initially.
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Old 07-05-2010, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Trolley Square is a reasonably safe, urban area populated by twenty- and thirty-somethings. It has a number of bars and restaurants, none of them particularly brilliant IMO. It is thoroughly walkable. I like the area a lot and would have been happy to have bought there if we had been able to find anything that we liked when we were house-hunting (it's chiefly twins and row houses, with some apartments and condos). There are lots of little shops that supply many of the necessities of life. The one supermarket there is not great, I'd give it a grade of C or C-, but it'll do for many basics. Parking can be a bit of a problem, as much of it is going to be curbside and parked cars do get side-swiped from time to time, as well as some burglaries of cars (which you can minimise by not leaving anything of value in the car and having an alarm), but I don't want to exagerate that as a factor. Trolley is also very central and well-located. Overall, there's not a tremendous amount of night life in Wilmington.
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:18 PM
 
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Check out the area around the University of Delaware. Restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, etc. Very pedestrian-friendly.
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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UD would be Newark, of course, rather than Wilmington. There are a couple live music venues but it's apparently nothing like it used to be. Typical student drag along Main Street, just off campus. I agree it's a pleasant and walkable place, but OP asked about Wilmington, therefore I didn't attempt to touch on Newark.
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Old 07-08-2010, 07:02 PM
 
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UD would be Newark, of course, rather than Wilmington. There are a couple live music venues but it's apparently nothing like it used to be. Typical student drag along Main Street, just off campus. I agree it's a pleasant and walkable place, but OP asked about Wilmington, therefore I didn't attempt to touch on Newark.
I am not opposed to Newark either. I am somewhat familiar with the college and have been to a couple places on main street.

Do graduates tend to stay in town? Are there folks who are 25-35 living there?
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:32 AM
 
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I believe there are folks of all ages.... definitely a good crowd in the 25-35 range at the local places I visit, & the bars & restaurants draw people from all over New Castle County, not just walking distance.

Newark is 20 minutes southwest of Wilmington, but since you want a place that isn't ghetto, it may be worth a look. I don't hesitate to walk around Newark. Unless you're a zillionaire & can afford Rockford Park, anyplace in Wilmington has that 'ghetto element'... the trouble is (my humble opinion) that the nicer areas of Wilmington are just not large enough. Instead of trying to grow the nice areas, the city dumps money to revitalize a few blocks here and there in the bad areas. Being confined to walking within 2-3 blocks and still seeing thugs hanging around doesn't win my vote.
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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I'm no expert on this, but I think in the immediate UD area you are going to find mostly people aged in the student bracket. Of course, there will be over 21's frequenting Main Street as visitors at least because of the bar and restaurant scene there. However, Trolley Sq in Wilmington really is the place for late 20's and 30-somethings. UD and Newark aren't comparable to a place like UT and Austin, where many people become perpetual students and/or master-degreed people choosing to work as wait- and bar-staff so they can stick around the community. Austin has a great slacker community; Newark not so much.
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Old 07-09-2010, 08:52 AM
 
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Austin sounds like fun. But it's pretty far away LOL.

I agree with the Trolley Square area thing... Lots of young singles. I've found that when they decide to sell their townhomes, it's often because they've married and become parents.

I guess I zoomed in more on the 'ghetto' thing. Thugs intimidate me, I'm female and safety & security is priority number one. Crime in the city of Wilmington is a huge issue.
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Old 07-09-2010, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Yes, I was using Austin and UT as a basis of comparison to Newark and UD, the point being that UD just isn't big enough and Newark not cool enough to keep people there after uni. I don't feel there are many "thugs" in the Trolley area but YMMV. I know lots of people who live in Trolley.
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:10 AM
 
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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Trolley Square area, Lincoln and Union St...refered to as "Little Italy", popular with the 20-30 something professionals.
The better choice over Newark, JMO.


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Graduated college in May, looking to move out of NJ before starting a career. Want to get out of my area because it is way too expensive housing/tax wise.


What is the night life like? I realize it is a small city, but is there any area where you can walk around to a bunch of restaurants/bars that is not ghetto?

Assuming I am working in Wilmington, would you recommend living in Wilmington, Newark, or elsewhere? I would be renting initially.
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