Mayor of Two Cities
Jim Baker wants everyone in Wilmington to believe in its—in their—greatness. There’s just one small problem remaining to be solved…
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One of Walsh’s favorite television programs was “The Wire,” a critically acclaimed HBO drama about the gritty streets of Baltimore. “In many ways, Jim Baker’s tenure as mayor is a lot like the show,” Walsh says. “His first term, like the series, was when we learned all the components of the story. It was when Jim put together people and programs and made things happen. In the second term, you saw Wilmington flourish with new businesses and corporations, but just like in the show, cracks were beginning to show.
“By the last two seasons of the show, just like his third term, everything will come to a head. He will need to shore up the key components of his mission, which have been providing for the economic safety and rehabilitation of our neighborhoods. His legacy will be determined over the next four years, not by the first eight.”
That legacy depends on convincing people to believe in the city and in themselves, even if they seem to have little reason. Then it depends on getting those people to work toward the vision.
Baker gazes through his window.
“When I look out ,” he says, “I am looking at one of the best cities in the world. I see a vision for the grandness of Wilmington. We do not need to settle for mediocrity. I know we can become a world-class city. If we can all believe that, then we can get there. Just think of what we could do.”