Salisbury's downtown area is the pride of the community. During the visioning meetings held for this plan, citizens identified the downtown as the area most responsible for giving Salisbury its character as a community. Yet, the continued vitality of the downtown has not been without its challenges over the years. During the past few decades, the downtown area has survived the departure of many of its most significant office and retail anchors. It has endured the slip covering and uncovering of many of its most beautiful building facades. It has seen businesses come and go, succeed and fail. Yet, through it all, downtown Salisbury has demonstrated its economic resiliency.