City Living Is Not All It’s Supposed to Be

I live in the city of Wilmington. That’s probably where things went wrong right from the get-go. I will admit that some of the outskirts of Wilmington are nice, but within the city limits is another thing. Let’s start with the violence:

Incidents by year (Latest incident: Jul. 30, 2017)

Annual Total  Year-to-date (Jan. 01 – Aug. 01)
Year Incidents Homicide incidents Victims Killed Incidents Homicide incidents Victims Killed
2017 109 20 129 21 109 20 129 21
2016 127 21 145 21 80 16 91 16
2015 131 26 151 26 64 16 71 16
2014 114 23 124 23 54 14 56 14
2013 127 16 154 18 76 8 92 9
2012 96 23 118 25 63 16 77 18
2011 88 21 95 22 50 12 56 12

Source: – accessed August 1, 2017.

If those statistics aren’t enough to give you an idea how bad it is in Wilmington, the fact that these are only the shootings should give you a good idea. Where we live in Wilmington, there have been 6 shootings within a 2 block radius of our house since January 1, 2017. I try not to be outside much near my house. I love being able to sit outside and enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or read a book. I can’t do that where we live.

As in most cities, there are primarily row homes (now called “townhouses” – it’s a fancy name for a row home in the city to garner a higher rent). My husband and I, unfortunately, live in a row home. The problem with living in any type of attached dwelling (apartment, row home, townhouse, condo) is dealing with neighbors.

The typical issues that don’t bother me much are noise and such. I can deal with it as long as it’s not obnoxious and completely intrusive on my living space. The other issue is that people down the row smoke weed out on their porch…a lot. It smells like rotten skunk weed. We cannot open our front windows because it comes in the house. We get assaulted with the stench every time we walk out our door. It’s disgusting and we shouldn’t be subjected to it. It’s still illegal in Delaware but they blaze up in front of the police with no repercussions.

The last issue is vermin. Specifically, bugs that abandon one house when they bomb and enter another. Yes, this has happened and luckily we have a wonderful landlord who took care of the unfortunate situation quickly. It is this last issue that is driving us to move out as soon as possible. Our lease is up the end of October so hopefully, we can purchase a home and be out by the end of this year. We’ll move on Christmas Day if necessary.

Update: After I wrote this blog and before I posted, another shooting happened. This one about 1.5 blocks away by our laundromat. If we had been driving home from a different direction, we could have driven through the gunfire. It’s terrifying. I fear for us all living here and no longer ask anyone to come over to visit. I feel like our house is a prison because we could be hit by a stray bullet any time we step out of the door. It’s an awful way to live.

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