Shootings barely register with Jack Buckley anymore.After 40 years of owning an independent bookstore in Wilmington’s Market Street business corridor, the 67-year-old has long since grown accustomed to the hallmarks of violence in the city.“Obviously there’s crime not too far away, but it’s not right here,” he said. “It’s not on Market Street.”Yet Buckley, who owns the Ninth Street Book Shop with his wife, Gemma, knows that may be an empty comfort to his customers.“If I hear of a shooting four or five blocks from here, I know that’s a totally different neighborhood,” he said. “But to someone who drives in from the suburbs, I’m sure it sounds like it’s right next door.”The business district along Market Street is one of the safest areas in Wilmington, according to police. Yet merchants say violent neighborhoods like West Center City, and a public perception that fails to distinguish between the city’s various neighborhoods, have created a public image of the city that does not match reality – particularly in the relatively tranquil shopping and entertainment district.“In larger cities like Philadelphia and New York, people recognize some areas are good and some are bad,” said Scott Morrison, owner of Chelsea Tavern and Ernest & Scott… Read full this story
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