Since 1996 when the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware launched a major state-funded effort to restore the area's economic vitality, Riverfront Wilmington has emerged as hot property for real estate development of all kinds. Dilapidated warehouses have been replaced with restaurants, shops, and a regional conference facility. Vacant historic buildings have been preserved and restored to serve as corporate headquarters for major employers. Crumbling parking lots have been converted into parkland and spacious gathering areas for concerts, festivals, and community celebrations. A scenic Riverwalk and new roadway are providing access to the once-hidden beauty of this meandering waterway. Riverfront Wilmington is a place where local residents can escape to for unique entertainment, a taste of history, inviting shops and an assortment of culinary delights.