Building Better Neighborhoods

Learning Neighborhoods: Develop an agreement within our neighborhoods to champion educational causes. As a learning neighborhood, early childhood education is foremost important to preparing our children to be successful in school. Learning Neighborhoods provides discounted internet service to households of children on free and reduced lunch. Additional causes in education are after school programs and High School/G.E.D. completion. A neighborhood child with a book is more powerful than a gun; we must educate our children out of poverty.

Working Neighborhoods: Provide employable opportunities for Wilmington residents to be gainfully employed. A working neighborhood means “Better Skills, Better Pay” by providing job training, community benefit agreements with companies, Ex-Felon reentry programs, and investing in small business and entrepreneurship. When people are working, they have less idle time to contribute to the deterioration of our neighborhoods.  A neighbor with a job improves the quality of the block in which they live.

Safe Neighborhoods: Implement a neighborhood community policing plan to reduce crime and nuisance issues. Safe Neighborhoods combines “Hot Spotting” and the “Broken Window” methods to improve public safety for Wilmington residents. “Hot Spotting” identifies high crime areas in the City to apply nimble and tactical policing strategies. The “Broken Window” method is a proactive approach by enforcing nuisance laws to impede criminal activity in stable neighborhoods before becoming problematic. As residents, we know the problem homes, streets and blocks; Safe Neighborhoods is a formalized tool to combat crime and improve public safety.

Livable Neighborhoods: Create sustainable neighborhoods for lifelong living. Recognizing the diverse housing needs of residents within the city of Wilmington, Livable Neighborhoods supports quality and affordable housing for residents. With an aging housing stock and growing population of seniors, our neighborhoods must create more one level independent living. To be livable also means to be desirable housing for the 18-40 year old population to raise children. To rebuild older neighborhoods includes housing needs of existing and future residents to make our neighborhoods sustainable and livable.

Healthy Neighborhoods: Promote lifetime fitness and wellness for residents by planning events and activities. Healthy Neighborhoods informs residents of the health services at every stage of life in their neighborhood. It also means being healthier by patronizing our neighborhood urban farms and gardens. Participating in recreational activities contributes to our wellness by taking advantage of the parks and open spaces. A healthy neighbor is essential to creating healthy neighborhoods in our City.