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|
Source: http://data.delawareonline.com/webapps/crime/ – 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.
Picture source: margiewell.com; Feature image source: wrbl.com