West Side Grows brought residents, shoppers and retailers together for a multi-day block party this past weekend to celebrate many enhancements to Union Street and a revitalization effort that continues to improve the neighborhood.
At Go West! Fest, parents and younger ones could enjoy just about anything, like yoga, hopscotch, and pop-up outdoor dining on the temporarily re-purposed parking spaces in front of six businesses. Several restaurants were buzzing, and the streets felt full with pedestrians, cyclists, and cars navigating the corridor. Many local artists and partners came together to share their work and resources with the community. And the Wilmington In Transition Free Store was a big hit.
Last fall Union Street underwent re-striping, which added 20 percent more parking, a bike lane, and more directed traffic with the reduction of four lanes to three. At the same time, the Delaware Economic Development Office and Neighborhood Building Blocks Fund provided $100,000 in grants to businesses for exterior renovations and $25,000 for security cameras covering a range of 15 square blocks. And new multi-unit residential dwellings that back up to Union Street are nearing completion.