big ideas for Dayton OH

Bulldozers don’t beat urban blight, they just create wastelands

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” is the prayer that begins almost every recovery meeting, and for good reason: change is difficult. For the past 30 years I’ve watched the city of Dayton proper Read More

138 Million ways make Dayton better

In my June 20th post, I reviewed the sites of the 6 choices voters have for Dayton Mayor and Commission for an indication of what they would spend $138M windfall from the feds on. Their answers, with the exception of Turner Sloss’s were almost non-existent. To start, identify the problem: what strategic play should Dayton Read More

138 Million ways to not blow it: Dayton Commission 2021 candidates plans

Full disclosure- at one time or another, I’ve done work for Scott Sliver, Darryl Fairchild and Shenise Turner Sloss. Pop quiz: Dayton has a great track record of spending money on things that? A) Make demolition contractors millionaires. B) Make developers who donate to candidates wealthy. C) Let Meds, Eds, and Feds all escape any Read More

Your tax dollars subsidizing Amazon in Dayton

Montgomery County population hasn’t grown in 20 years. But our footprint keeps growing- as we continue to sprawl out over fertile farmland to do what exactly? Create jobs? What kind of jobs? Benefiting who? There are plenty of sites in the county that Amazon, Crocs or anyone else could have picked to build a warehouse Read More

DeWine’s Vax-a-million is smart. Ending mask mandates isn’t.

Ohio made international news with out of the box thinking by a Republican Governor who has shown that he takes public health seriously. It may be Governor Mike DeWine’s ticket to re-election and the highest vaccination rates in the Midwest. For nay-sayers who say this vaccination lottery is a waste of tax money, there are Read More

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