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Ireton: Follow Cambridge, More People Living Downtown

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SALISBURY, Md. - New businesses continue to fill vacant buildings in downtown Salisbury.

The number of places to grab a bite to eat is becoming more comparable to neighboring town centers. In Cambridge, in the midst of their own rebirth, 20 restaurants call the area home. In downtown Berlin, what some consider the paradigm of Eastern Shore downtown revitalization, there are eight restaurants.

But Salisbury leaders say it's the way these towns have gone about growing that they're taking notes on.

"What are we going to do that the others are doing to expand ours even further and the biggest thing for us is going to be heads and beds," said mayor Jim Ireton. "I believe we should follow Cambridge and put as many people living downtown as we can."

Currently, there are 11 restaurants in downtown Salisbury. Officials say several more will open in the next few months, including a wine bar at the historic synagogue building.

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