Economic Development in Dayton OH

Winners and Losers in Dayton Ohio

“You probably think this song story is about you” Carly Simon- “You’re so vain” This story is not about Anthony T. Head, the self-titled “Peoples Chef” although he will surely think it is. It’s about inequality in corporate welfare in Dayton Ohio- and the fallacy that our government has any kind of expertise in “economic Read More

Can it still be called RTA if it doesn’t transport anyone?

How many quasi governmental organizations are there in Dayton that collect tax dollars, but voters have no control over who controls those dollars? The list is long- and wrong. Accountability at the ballot box is a basic premise of democracy. A quick list: Sinclair Community College, Metroparks, Dayton Metro Library, Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental 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

Will “American Factory” put Dayton back in the news?

Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar are the real deal when it comes to making documentaries. They are one of Dayton Ohio’s true gems. Thoughtful, inquisitive and deliberate, they approach their stories with a very cool journalists eye. While their movies don’t enjoy great box office success (very few documentaries do) the stories they tell are Read More

The bullet list

Some of you are wondering, why hasn’t Esrati been posting as often? The answer is, I’ve been really busy. Feb 1, 2019, after a two week hospital ordeal, my mom passed. Then I decided to run for Dayton City Commission against the weak seat incumbents (not running with the mayor makes these the ignored ones), Read More

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