big ideas for Dayton OH

Change may come incrementally to Dayton OJ, only with concensus- but that type of change won’t solve the problems we face. Bold ideas are what it will take- or at least open discussion of options. These are some ideas that can move Dayton forward.

Back in July of 2013 I wrote about the community building site called NextDoor: Recently, I ran across Nextdoor.com which is a really great intra-net solution for neighborhoods. The reason I say intra-net is it’s really built for knowing your neighbors and only your neighbors. It has real privacy controls and doesn’t require Facebook membership […]

Einstein famously said “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” When I see Dayton trying to fix the failure of our community to fulfill the basic expectations of what a city should provide, i.e.: good schools, safe neighborhoods, well maintained infrastructure as well as simple things like basketball […]

We elect stupid people.

by David Esrati on August 3, 2014

in big ideas for Dayton OH, Dayton Government

In the latest tiff over who can get the most publicity for a non-issue, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer should win a prize for the stupidest statement by a local politician: Plummer said he signed the letter out of concern that taxpayer resources are at stake and that some of the children could join gangs […]

In today’s Dayton Daily news, the war of words continues about Mayor Whaley’s quest for the spotlight and Mike Turner’s subliminal inferiority complex. It’s July 29th and I’m the only one who remembers every year that a real American hero was gunned down in his home, and that the spineless murderers are still running the […]

Just back from a contentious meeting of Historic South Park Inc. For the last year, the County Prosecutor’s office has been sending high-priced lawyers out to our meeting to answer questions. Of course, since we can’t actually get them to file a case directly, this is a ridiculous waste of resources. Tonight, the two county […]

Hi, I’d like to start dumping stinky bio-waste next door to you. I’m the guy who mistakenly demolishes landmark buildings on city contracts. I’ve donated lots of money to elect dunderheads to lead your city into the ground- which has been very good for my demolition business. I charge a lot more to tear down […]

For the last few years, we’ve opened our doors to economically challenged students for work experiences. We’ve had kids from Trotwood, CJ, and Ponitz, come in with minimal tools in their toolbox and leave with a much better set, and an understanding of what we do in the advertising, marketing, graphic design and printing business. […]

The day after the second riots in the UD Ghetto, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl is in the paper complaining about the costs of responding to false alarms- even though the numbers have been declining for 6 straight years: Dayton police responded to more than 4,600 false burglar alarms last year, which police officials say […]

March 31, 2009, I wrote a post “Pave more roads or free bikes? Stimulus for the future” talking about bringing bike share to Dayton: The idea of the free bike isn’t new, and it’s not out of reach. It’s working in Paris, and it’s being rolled out in small communities across the country and a […]

I can tell you that there were only four basketball courts in Dayton that were worth playing on that belonged to the city last year- at the new rec center on the old Roosevelt site, 2 at Riverview and one at Jane Newcome. Dayton Public supplied a few more to the inventory- with Dunbar and […]