Wilmington is a special place. We have the benefits of a vibrant arts and culinary scene, some beautiful parks, a baseball stadium, a basketball arena and access to commerce and culture along one of the liveliest corridors of human activity in the country from the nation’s capital to its most populous city. 


And we have it all at neighborhood scale. We know each other. We have our disagreements, sometimes of an intensity that only the tightest-knit of neighbors can claim familiarity with. Rare is the instance in which decisions affecting our community are made in which we don’t know those making the decision by first name.   


Like other communities, we have our unfinished business. Our inequalities belie our neighborliness. Much of this is inherited, or due to large social and economic forces that are difficult for us individually or even collectively to master at the local level, but the consequences for the lives we share together are no less real for that. We all want what is best for Wilmington, but we are going to need to come closer to one another in our understanding of what that means if we are to come together, particularly at this time of adversity for so many in our city, around a shared, long-term vision for a just and inclusive Wilmington.