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How a public-private partnership saved downtown Wilmington

August 13, 2019

An unprecedented public-private partnership transformed blocks of empty, rundown buildings into the vibrant downtown Wilmington enjoys today.

In the late 1970s, DARE (Downtown Area Revitalization Effort) led efforts to save a dying downtown Wilmington. The unprecedented public-private partnership transformed blocks of empty, rundown buildings. Gene Merritt, a DARE founder, has been documenting the efforts that resulted in the vibrant downtown we enjoy today.

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