Wilmington, NC

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    Jun 17, 2011 2:06 PM GMT
    What can you guys tell me about Wilmington, NC? Is it progressive? Is it open and fun? I have never been there, but the possiblity exists I could relocate there.
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    Jun 17, 2011 3:21 PM GMT
    My brother and sis in law lived there for 4 years in the mid-2000s while working for a TV station. I visited a number of times to take advantage of their proximity to the beach and help take care of my (then) new born nephew. While very laid back, I would not call it 'progressive' by any means....live and let live is more like it. Chris and Liz said that while they enjoyed their time there...the laid back mentality can be frustrating in the workplace...as no one is in a hurry to do anything. They also said the throngs of tourists that invade the area from April to October add to already stressed traffic patterns.

    I like it personally....no it is not Ft. Laud or South Beach but it is far from boring. There were two or three 'alternative' clubs downtown. Most of the men I met thru my bro and sis in law were in 'straight' clubs. The gay clubs downtown were fun but nothing spectacular. Oh....random thought: if you have an issue with bugs, then stay away lol...like my bro said "if it has wings and stings...coastal North Carolina has plenty of em".
  • DanOmatic

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    Jun 17, 2011 3:40 PM GMT
    Wilmington NC is a strange mix, in my opinion. I don't live there, but have spent a lot of time there over the years. The beaches are great, and so is the weather. There are a couple of really good restaurants downtown, and the downtown has some charm.

    On the other hand...Traffic is terrible, and development has been by and large completely unplanned/unmanaged. The city has an awful record where race relations are concerned, and there's a disjointed mix of nouveau-riche tackiness and hardscrabble red-neckiness, and all these groups openly resent the others.

    Throw in the summer tourists and the regular infusions of military guys coming into town from the area bases (both groups usually pretty alcohol-soaked on any given Friday or Saturday evening), and you've got a strange vibe that can be kind of sketchy, and sometimes prone to violence.

    The resident gay crowd is fairly small, but reasonably friendly. One thing I've noted though is a lot of serious drug use (meth particularly).

    Just my own observations, though.

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    Jun 17, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    i agree with NC3athlete.
    i went to college there, so my experience is from that perspective.

    there is a movie studio there (they call it the Hollywood of the East Coast) - it's where Dawsons Creek was filmed, One Tree Hill is currently filmed there, and a lot of movies are filmed there too. the beaches are great - you have Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach to choose from, depending on which part of town you're in and closest to. there are some parts of Carolina Beach you can drive on to and actually have a bonfire as well - at least you used to be able to. summertime at the beach though turns into college fest, so be ready for that. most of the big money is on the beach (Wrightsville) or right outside of it in this big gated community. they also sponsor something called the Azalea Festival every year. not anything to write home about, but it's something they consistently do that people look forward to.

    the not amazing things about it: traffic is pretty bad there. not sure why exactly. it's also true that the military guys swarm there every weekend. mainly downtown and starting fights with anyone in sight. while it's true there IS a college there, UNCW doesn't have a football team, so there isn't any big school spirit or sporting events that are fun to go to and watch. I mean, sometimes the basketball team is good, but that normally doesn't bring in big crowds. Wilmington is also in the middle of nowhere. you literally drive to the end of I-40 and you're in Wilmington. there is nothing else around it. make sure you gas before you leave Raleigh, or you'll be sitting on the side of the interstate - it's literally like that because there is about 1-1.5 hours where there is nothing in between.

    Wilmington is a cool place. it has good things and bad things about it. i could say the same thing about SF. listing off great and terrible things all day. i guess it depends on what you're after. where do you live now? are you used to the heat and humidity of the south? because it gets pretty bad this time of year. there are bars on the beach and downtown, not too much in between - not sure if you plan on hitting bars either, but thats the story with that.
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    Jun 17, 2011 4:27 PM GMT
    Go to Wing Fling... you'll see the best and worst of Wilmington... [url]http://www.wilmingtonwingfling.com/wf/

    I personally like it, but if given the choice, I'd move to Charleston or Savannah.