Salisbury Rising: More than veggies growing in Camden

“If you want to transform a neighborhood, you must change the composition of that neighborhood’s vacant lots.” I first shared that statement in my 2016 TEDxSBY talk, “Growing More Than Veggies.” I continue to delight in seeing this transforming work being done in nine community gardens in Salisbury and Wicomico County. The MAC Center hosts […]

Salisbury Rising: Downtown about to get a whole new look

Among Salisbury’s many attractions is what Mayor Jake Day calls the Gigabit Neighborhood. “Our hope is to attract Google to move its headquarters to Salisbury,” the mayor said to laughter, when he spoke at a Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon. “What are you all laughing at?” he joked. Google isn’t planning a move […]

Salisbury Rising: Evolution Brewing helps form community identity, feeds entrepreneurship

In the April print edition of The Atlantic magazine, and article headlined “Can America Put Itself Back Together?” included a report from journalist/authors James and Deb Fallows concerning their 54,000-mile journey around America in a single-engine plane. While touring dozens and dozens of cities, the couple was able to see trends in what makes a […]

Salisbury Rising: Salisbury enjoying a renaissance … at an accelerating pace

When you listen to Ron Morgan talk about Salisbury, you immediately recognize that he “gets” Salisbury. And it’s quickly clear that he has used his professional training to help make Salisbury a better place, as he and his colleagues have had a design hand in nearly every significant building that’s been constructed locally in the […]

Salisbury Rising: Palmer Gillis reaffirms commitment to Downtown progress

Downtown Salisbury’s pre-eminent visionary has a new project nearing completion, and it will be another building that galvanizes his legacy as the modern change-maker of the community’s urban core. With the remarkable River View Commons that faces busy Mill Street, Palmer Gillis has yet another architectural landmark renovation on his resume. He also has another […]

Salisbury Rising: Mayor seeing evidence of city’s positive momentum

Here’s what Mayor Jake Day hears most often when he stops by coffee shops and chats with regulars, or stops to say hello in the supermarket: “I never thought it would happen for Salisbury, but I was wrong. The city is back.” Salisbury is progressing. Rising. And Downtown, the central business district, is at the […]

Salisbury Rising: South Salisbury Boulevard showing economic promise

South Salisbury Boulevard, in the heart of town, has the distinction of being “where the rooftops are.” “That’s where the population is,” said John McClellan, senior advisor at SVN|Miller Commercial Real Estate, who keeps an experienced eye on the development, and redevelopment, along the bustling boulevard. “If you look at the demographics of Salisbury, the […]

Salisbury Rising: SWED leadership optimistic on progress, growth

If there’s one word for Dave Ryan’s outlook on the county’s economic development it’s “optimistic.” “Absolutely. Absolutely I am. This is a terrific time. We’re seeing employment growth in a very large way,” said Ryan, executive director of the Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development Inc. “Wicomico is reflecting how the economy is nationwide with finance, construction. We […]

Salisbury Rising: We have the educational tools in place to succeed

What is Wor-Wic’s role in the community and how can we help students, workers and businesses in the “new economy?” Wor-Wic Community College is a tremendous asset to the community. It is where local people come to learn a new skill, upgrade their current skills, acquire a certification, earn a degree or complete the first […]

Salisbury Rising: We’re realizing how great we can be

Hopefully, our long citywide inferiority complex is over! For many years, I have heard that we cannot be Berlin or Easton. No, I have always answered, we have more potential; we can be better. We have a beautiful river, a nationally recognized university and regional medical center, an accredited zoo and much more. Traveling across […]