WHYY Newsworks coverage of announcement of Wilmington’s Creative District: Willing Street Artist Village

From WHYY Newsworks:

Wilmington’s vacant properties to be converted into affordable homes for artists

Wilmington plans to revitalize vacant, decrepit properties, into vibrant affordable homes where local artists can live and work.

New affordable homes, located in the Quaker Hill neighborhood of Wilmington, will be the city’s first housing development for artists, designed to eliminate vacant housing and provide affordable properties to the creative community.

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WHYY’s RadioTimes interview with WRC’s Carrie Gray and Laura Semmelroth

From WHYY RadioTimes:

Creative Place-making and Urban Design in Wilmington, Philly, and Beyond; Update on Pennsylvania Budget Negotiations

How do you change a city? Today on Radio Times, we explore urban revitalization through design and creative place-making. We’ll be joined by CARRIE GRAY and LAURA SEMMELROTH of the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation. They’ll discuss plans for a Creative District in Wilmington, Delaware that will transform a neighborhood through the growth and support of the creative community.

Delaware Public Media article focuses on Wilmington’s comprehensive and Creative District plan

From Delaware Public Media:

Wilmington begins work on comprehensive plan

Visitors to the City of Wilmington’s website will learn that the last comprehensive plan prepared by the city government was completed in 2003.

No matter that the 2003 document is posted online, Leonard Sophrin, the city’s current planning director, disagrees.

“The last comprehensive plan in the city was done in the 1960s, when we tore down our neighborhoods, built Interstate 95 and lost 81 square blocks of beautiful buildings in 10 years,” Sophrin says, leaving little doubt that he’s hardly enamored with how Wilmington has evolved in the past half-century. Continue reading

WRC’s 2015 Annual Meeting: Placemaking: Why it Matters

WRC’s 9th Annual Meeting, “Placemaking: Why it Matters,” took place on Tuesday, May 5 at World Cafe Live at The Queen. Attendees were updated on the continuing development in Downtown Wilmington as well as provided a presentation on WRC’s core strategic project Wilmington’s Creative District (CD), a vibrant city center, focused on innovative production and consumption, where creative entrepreneurs – artists, musicians, designers and tech innovators – and neighborhood residents thrive and where locally designed goods and original works are made and consumed.

Photo by Alessandra Nicole

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Delaware Public Media Article and Audio Featuring WRC and Wilmington’s Creative District

From Delaware Public Media:

Proposed Creative District in Wilmington starts to take shape

New housing, a “maker space” where innovators can design and refine their creations, art galleries and artists’ studios, improved streetscapes with a dash of mural art – could this be the start of something big?

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