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Old 01-09-2012, 12:40 PM
 
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The first kid in this video says...

"It takes a village to raise a child" , "but what happens when the village is condemned?"

I guess that's in reference to Hillary Clinton's book.


My Neighborhood: Voices [Delaware Online News Video] - YouTube
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:30 AM
 
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Again, I peek in on this conversation about my former hometown. Wilmington is ripe for revitalization done properly. I work in Manhattan so I see it can be done. In the Poconos, where I live, various ethnic groups live in harmony. Are there problems up here? Sure there are. Crime and poverty is everywhere. The economy is killing this whole country. There has to be a concerted effort from all parties to make things happen. That's what I see that is lacking in Wilmington. My hometown. I will be coming down there in a few days. I'll be in Eastside Wilmington matter of fact. Looking forward to giving Wilmington a closer look.
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Part of the problem, I think, is that the much larger population of the immediate Wilmington suburbs outside the city limits have no financial or political responsibility for the City. The City of Wilmington historically made a terrible mistake by not annexing everything around it that held any significant population. Most of the folks with money and political consciousness live outside the city limits. We don't vote in City elections, can't directly influence the City's politicians, and don't contribute to the City's tax base. This situation, which I think is too late to change now, badly handicaps the City of Wilmington.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:14 AM
 
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Part of the problem, I think, is that the much larger population of the immediate Wilmington suburbs outside the city limits have no financial or political responsibility for the City. The City of Wilmington historically made a terrible mistake by not annexing everything around it that held any significant population. Most of the folks with money and political consciousness live outside the city limits. We don't vote in City elections, can't directly influence the City's politicians, and don't contribute to the City's tax base. This situation, which I think is too late to change now, badly handicaps the City of Wilmington.
Why do you think it is too late to change now doc?
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Admittedly I don't know what the annexation process in DE is. However, I think you could anticipate huge resistance from the outlying suburbs, even to the point that they might be motivated to incorporate themselves - with the attendant costs of supporting their own minimal city administrations - to avoid becoming part of the City of Wilmington. And I'm not sure that the powers that be in the City would want to be swamped by the larger electorate presently outlying the City. Resistance all round.
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:52 AM
 
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Admittedly I don't know what the annexation process in DE is. However, I think you could anticipate huge resistance from the outlying suburbs, even to the point that they might be motivated to incorporate themselves - with the attendant costs of supporting their own minimal city administrations - to avoid becoming part of the City of Wilmington. And I'm not sure that the powers that be in the City would want to be swamped by the larger electorate presently outlying the City. Resistance all round.
Granted No argument there. I have seen that in other locales. Even in NEPA, the money and influence live in the outlying areas. I could use Scranton as an example. Scranton is a rust belt city that has seen better days. Raising taxes, laying off police, firemen, etc. Most people, that can afford it, leave. They move to the 'burbs, Abington, etc. No high paying jobs. You get an education but have to move to Philly or outlying areas to get a high paying job.
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Long Neck,De
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Part of the problem, I think, is that the much larger population of the immediate Wilmington suburbs outside the city limits have no financial or political responsibility for the City. The City of Wilmington historically made a terrible mistake by not annexing everything around it that held any significant population. Most of the folks with money and political consciousness live outside the city limits. We don't vote in City elections, can't directly influence the City's politicians, and don't contribute to the City's tax base. This situation, which I think is too late to change now, badly handicaps the City of Wilmington.
Just a thought.. What would happen if the city went bankrupt? Could it no longer exist and be governed by New Castle County Council?
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Obviously cities in other states have been put into receivership by their state governments and governed by the state. I'm unaware of a city having been moved to county jurisdiction. Further, it always seems to be treated as a temporary situation, even if one that may last several years. I don't know if, or under what conditions, a state (or DE specifically) could revoke a city's charter of incorporation. As to Wilmington, it seems to limp along without crossing the line into outright bankruptcy.

I think that changing the city-county boundaries in northern New Castle Co. would take a massive drive to educate and win over the public, both within the City and in the immediately outlying County areas. A majority would have to be persuaded of real, tangible advantages of annexation and a shift in the political centre of gravity in the governance of an expanded City of Wilmington, as well as on getting acceptable value for money in the deal.

However, I can't see where the impetus and momentum would come from. It would require leadership both within the present City and in the County, and would indeed probably need to be pushed by State leadership in the executive and legislative branches.
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Old 01-22-2012, 08:04 AM
 
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Teenage gun violence need's to stop...

Bear teen found shot in chest in Wilmington dies | The News Journal | delawareonline.com
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Lewes, Delaware
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Thats three already this year, what a shame. These daylight shootings are the worst, where are all these cameras Wilmington paid for years ago, how are they working out?

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