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It’s been nearly three years, and Wilmington is still smarting from that Newsweek article.
To be fair, it was probably the embarassment the city needed. A kick in the pants to get it together, for real this time.
And it looks like it’s working.
Thrillist has put Wilmington on its list of 15 (unranked) small cities “where a person with verve could scratch out a cool life.” It’s their list of “America’s Best Small Cities to Move to Before They Get Too Popular.”
Yeah, they called us “Philadelphia’s Philadelphia,” but, hey, it’s not “Murdertown.”
From the article:
The city and state, meanwhile, have committed to fostering entrepreneurship and co-working spaces like The Mill and Start It Up Delaware, a public-private partnership aiming to bring tech talent to the First State. “The city really checks off a lot of boxes,” says Wilmington native and local entrepreneur Matt Van Belle. “The cost of living is cheap, you can walk everywhere, you have access to major metros via train or a short drive, some of the best beaches on the coast are an hour away.” Plus, the mad beer geniuses at Dogfish Head are only a short drive away, which means the crew at Washington Street Alehouse are always getting kegs you won’t see anywhere else.
Among the other small cities to make the cut are Delrey Beach, Calif.; Northampton, Mass.; Burlington, Iowa; Greenville, Maine; and Portland, Maine.