Dayton’s future

Whenever I’m out hanging nets, and there are ballers on the court, I offer up my three-point challenge. Shoot three treys in a row- and get a t-shirt. I let the little dunkers shoot from the foul line. Usually, the result is near pandemonium, with very little order, and someone inevitably trying to go twice, […]

I arrived when I was supposed to. Commissioner Joey Williams was in the middle of his presentation, I turned on the iPhone and recorded. After him came Joe Lutz, who is now talking about city wide WiFi- as if it’s his idea. He’s going to use the money he wants to collect from it to […]

If we wanted to really learn about what a candidate’s plans are, we wouldn’t expect them to answer in 2 minutes or less. I understand people have a short attention span, but, when it comes to something important, 2 minutes isn’t enough. When I learned that the McCook Field neighborhood association was going to give […]

I’m pretty sure a bunch of you will tell me I’m about 2 years late sharing this gastronomical find, but it’s worth talking about. Located in the butt fugly strip mall off the Northwoods exit on 75 by the airport, 2 doors down from Kroger is a former Quizno’s gone eclectic. The World Café’s sandwich […]

State of the City of Dayton

by David Esrati on April 22, 2011

in Dayton Government, Dayton's future

Mayor Leitzell made his state of the city address yesterday- and wisely posted it on his blog so that he didn’t have to count on the media to get it right. Using the web to skirt the media is a step forward. However- speaking in platitudes isn’t an answer, a plan or even remotely what […]

Dayton made another list- number 5 at losing population. It’s another one of those stupid how-do-you-define-”Dayton” questions that really needs answering soon if we don’t want to keep being made fun of- and continue to lose respect for all that we have: 5. Dayton, Ohio Population: 153,843 Population Change 2000-2009: -11,961 Population Percent Change 2000-2009: […]

A few things I’d like to see everyone try in 2011. Eat out at independent restaurants more. Why go to Friday’s or Applebee’s when you can go get the exact same thing anywhere in the country? Need some suggestions? And- don’t just stick to food you know- experiment a bit- for starters: Linh’s on Airway. […]

In Dayton, our solution to the big hole in our population is to decrease the number of homes. It’s a rear guard, defensive effort that puts money into the hands of the demolition contractors (who are big campaign donors) and the landfill operators. And although the analogy that starts this excerpt from Thomas Friedman is […]

In order for Dayton to get a bike-sharing system- we will need private businesses and institutions to buy in and support it. Wright State and the University of Dayton already understand the value a bike sharing system can bring to their parking impaired institutions, once Sinclair and the Hospitals and LexisNexis buy in, we may […]

The story won’t be available to the masses online for another week- but for those of you who subscribe to the Dayton Business Journal you can read the front-page story by Joe Cogliano looking back at Gary Leitzell’s first year as mayor. Gary likes to call himself a problem solver- and prefers to work discreetly. […]