The downtown CBD sits on a small bluff overlooking the Cape Fear River and is bounded roughly by Dock Street to the south, Fifth Avenue to the west, Red Cross Street to the north and the river to the west. City Hall, city offices, the New Hanover County Courthouse, Cape Fear Community College and the federal courthouse are all located within downtown Wilmington.
A large pharmaceutical company is constructing its new world HQ at the far north end of downtown, which is relatively undeveloped. A marina, hotel and convention center are also planned for this area just north of Red Cross Street and west of Third Street.
A wooden Riverwalk runs the length of downtown from Red Cross Street to Nun Street. Extensions on both ends will eventually stretch from bridge to bridge. Front Street is the main shopping, dining and entertainment street, and Third Street serves as the main north-south thoroughfare and monumental axis. Second and Water Streets are minor arteries and Second is mostly dominated by parking lots and decks. Market Street is the city's primary east-west arterial. It terminates at the bank of the river.
The foot of Market Street from across the river
Front Street (will add some more later this week)
The Northside is a historically African-American neighborhood that currently has a large number of vacant and rundown properties. North Fourth Street was once a strong retail corridor, but is now mostly empty storefronts or marginal establishments.
The city and local residents have crafted an ambitious redevelopment plan for the entire area. Taylor Homes, one of the city's most troubled public housing projects, has been demolished and will be redeveloped as a mixed-income communty along Nixon Street. North Fourth Street is seeing the construction of loft condominiums and will soon likely see boutiques and restaurants. It will be within walking distance of the 2000 workers at the new pharmaceutical HQ building, the planned convention center and new hotel. The city's planned multi-modal terminal with eventual rail service to Raleigh will be built on the Northside, between Red Cross and Campbell Streets just east of Third Street.
View toward downtown from the Northside along Third Street
New Wachovia office building just north of downtown
View from Northside down Second Street, part of Cape Fear Community College is on the right
North Fourth Street historic retail corridor