The City of Salisbury's landscape continues to evolve and change. The shopping areas on the north, south east, and west have added many new buildings and others host new tenants as the retail and service industries expand to better serve the public. The Centre of Salisbury continues to anchor the northern business district with the adjacent industrial part, but businesses are developing up Route 13 to Delmar and into Delaware. The eastside business district is stretching toward Ocean City and a new business cluster is being planned for Route 50 and Walston Switch Road. The west side of metropolitan Salisbury is seeing growth down the Nanticoke Road residential corridor.
Tying all this together is downtown Salisbury. The downtown plaza is the two-block by four block historic located at the fork of the Wicomico River. The downtown is also is the site of the crossing of Route 50 and 13. The area includes Peninsula Regional Medical Center, professional and government offices, retailers, art galleries, and eateries, plus it has the City Marina, the historic Newtown neighborhood, City Park and the zoo adjacent.
Efforts to revitalize the downtown core have be ongoing for decades. Currently, the Maryland State certified Arts & Entertainment District is leading the effort by operating a weekend flea market, Saturday arts and craft sale and farmers market, and a mini-festival every third Friday night. The City provides assistance, offers tax incentives and operates an economic development loan program.