[54] It also connects to the River to Sea Bikeway and the under-construction Central College Trail and Greenville Loop Trail. [32] It is the eastern terminus of Interstate 40, an east-west freeway that ends 2,554 miles away at Barstow, California, where it joins I-15, the Gateway to Southern California. The Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts is the only studio in the region to offer Progressing Ballet Technique™[116] instruction from two certified instructors. [10][11] Carolina and Kure beaches also add to the city's beach attractions. One of the largest DIY festivals, the Wilmington Exchange Festival, occurs over a period of 5 days around Memorial Day each year. On November 18, 1765, he pleaded his case directly to prominent residents of the area. Wilmington is also home to numerous music festivals. A daily intercity bus service to Raleigh is provided by Greyhound Lines. For more than half a century, the Hannah Block Historic USO Building has facilitated the coming together of generations, providing children with programs that challenge them creatively, and enhance the quality of life for residents throughout the region. Affordable housing, Home Ownership, and Home Repair, Potholes, Sidewalks, & Street Maintenance, Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization, Apply for a Street Closure Permit for City ROW Construction, Apply for a Street Closure Permit for Special Events. [127] As a result, most productions and film businesses moved to Atlanta, Georgia. The Democrats were determined to reassert their control. Companies with their headquarters in Wilmington include Live Oak Bank and HomeInsurance.com. About 55% of its residents were black people. There are also a significant number of Presbyterians (3.19%), Episcopalians (2.30%), Pentecostals (1.45%), and Lutherans (1.32%). *Number of reported crimes per 100,000 population. A smaller contingent of prisoners was assigned to a third site, working in the officers' mess and doing grounds keeping at Bluethenthal Army Air Base, which is now Wilmington International Airport. Its prominent place in the cinema throughout the '80s and the '90s earned the city the moniker "Hollywood East". [23], In 1910, Charlotte passed Wilmington to become North Carolina's largest city.[30]. This grant designates $31 million per fiscal year (Jul 1 – Jun 30) in film incentives.[128]. Wilmington is located at 34°13′24″N 77°54′44″W / 34.22333°N 77.91222°W / 34.22333; -77.91222. The airport maintains a separate International Terminal providing a full service Federal Inspection Station to clear international flights. Numerous movies in a range of genres and several television series have been produced here, including Maximum Overdrive, Iron Man 3, Fox's Sleepy Hollow, One Tree Hill, Dawson's Creek and NBC's Revolution. A daily online newspaper, Port City Daily (portcitydaily.com), is owned by Local Voice Media. Waddell and his men forced the elected Republican city officials to resign at gunpoint and replaced them with men selected by leading white Democrats. It is currently in its 13th year. Wilmington is the principal city of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metropolitan area that includes New Hanover and Pender counties in southeastern North Carolina,[4] which has a population of 263,429 as of the 2012 Census Estimate. The city was a main stop-over point, contributing greatly to its commerce.[13]. Recently renovated with sensitivity to its historic character, the Hannah Block Historic USO (HBHUSO) lobby serves as a museum where World War II memorabilia and other artifacts are displayed. Sixty-five acres of land around Burnt Mill Creek was chosen as the site for what would be called Oakdale Cemetery. 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