Reviving Dayton Neighborhoods

I try to keep all the events posted for people at www.electesrati.com/events, as far as I know, I’m the only one who does this, and certainly the only one who videotapes every event and posts them to youtube. Tomorrow night we have the UpDayton forum at Wiley’s Comedy Club. Trust me, being able to drink […]

One of my cottages needs painting. The city has written me up. It’s scraped to the bare wood- and needs a final sanding, washing and then priming with a good oil based primer and then a premium latex top coat. Most people wouldn’t scrape it to bare wood, but, that’s the only way to do […]

It was probably around 1995 or so. Bill Rain and David Williams had just finished the Lofts of St. Clair, a conversion of the butt-ugly Pinsky Produce building on St. Clair. The aluminum siding had been torn off to expose a beautiful brick building. It had color- and a roof garden. They’d shoved probably one […]

I’ve been the keeper of the keys to the gates to Woodland Cemetery Wyoming Street for about a year.  Now, I have keys to the Waldo Street off Wayne Avenue entrance gate. If you live along Wayne and would like access to one of Dayton’s best walking tracks, please stop by my office, The Next […]

I’m driving up and down Brown Street- trying to imagine it without the Frank Z building. The thought depresses me. Just like I miss the old churches in the Oregon District that are gone, like I miss the terra cotta tiles on the gas station/tire store that was there before the Cooper Lofts- I miss […]

When I first ran for Mayor, at the same time Mike Turner ran for Mayor- I talked about the return to neighborhood schools. Turner mocked me- saying it was an issue for the School Board. I talked about the effect it had on our community- exchanging racial segregation for economic segregation. I was told it […]

Twenty years after I ran for Mayor saying we needed a return to neighborhood schools, the school board has caught on. However, if anyone thinks this process is now going to go over easy- they are sadly mistaken. After working so hard to “theme” and “brand” schools- and promote “choice” trying to go back is […]

Reader Terry Murray sent me this beautiful link. But the final line is everything I’ve been trying to say for the last 4 years on Esrati.com “What community ever screwed up by providing too much quality of life?” That ought to become the guiding principle of every city. via CEOs for Cities :: What Makes […]

The kids’ book about “the little engine that could” is a parable for the South Park neighborhood in Dayton Ohio. The largest historic district in the city, South Park is a neighborhood defined not by its vast mix of homes, from manses to miniature (there is one house, the “Gingerbread cottage” that is smaller than […]

If I were living in New York City, and looking to rent for $500 a month, I’d be in less than 200 square feet of squalor. Even if I were a neurosurgeon, making a half-million a year, I’d be lucky to be able to afford a house like this in NYC: DESCRIPTION: STATELY BRICK MANOR […]