Steps backward in Dayton

There was nothing wrong with Schwind building, nor the old Dayton Daily News building on Ludlow. Both were solid buildings in good locations, and prime candidates for adaptive reuse. But, apparently the right local developers didn’t pay off the right people, because money that could have made their projects an easy go- was spent instead […]

Half a life ago, I met James R. Greene III, and yes, he referred to himself that way. He had purchased a recently renovated home on Ringgold Street for his grandfather, that my friend Howard Rambo had turned into a showplace. James was one of the most self confident people I’d run into in the […]

I’ve never been afraid in Dayton, Ohio. Maybe because I’m wired wrong. On the way home from the first CIRGV meeting, I saw a young teen walking fast up W. Third with a 22.-caliber rifle, I turned my scooter around- and stopped him to talk- before he scurried off, and I called the police. Yes- […]

A cryptic email came out today about the cancellation of the big party in the Oregon District for the NCAA first four that kicks off March Madness. Oregon business owners / property owners and interested parties of the Oregon District: Regarding the First Four Festival: The Local Organizing Committee has been working with the NCAA […]

Heard today from one of my vendors that Dayton Legal Blank sent letters saying they closed the doors Feb 11, 2013. From their website: DLB is a nationally renowned elections company and commercial printing company, founded in 1883 and located in the Dayton, Ohio Metro area. Today, DLB serves customers throughout Ohio and numerous other […]

An article about church leaders asking for bus service direct to the Dayton Mall and to the Fairfield Commons Mall brings out the absolute worst in our community: A coalition of 18 churches wants the owner of the Dayton Mall and the Mall at Fairfield Commons to boost bus service to those retail centers. “What […]

Moraine is hurting. They won’t be the first or the last community to struggle thanks to the economic meltdown. The Dayton Daily News mocked me for suggesting that the City put the airport- a regional asset, on the table as an opener to discuss regionalism. Now we have Splash Moraine closing: City officials built Splash […]

There are buildings that shouldn’t be torn down. There are people who don’t understand that. When I look at pictures of Dayton from 1950, I realize that much of our decline started with “urban renewal” of the early 1960s. I also know that Europeans laugh at what we call old, when they routinely still use […]

It’s time for heads to roll at RTA. While the board is being told that they have to cut routes and raise fairs, they aren’t being told that RTA chief Mark Donaghy fired his advertising sales person 3 years ago- and has failed to be able to figure out how to sell ads effectively since. […]