The Oregon District might finally fill up

The most important piece of economic development news in years:

Fifth Street Deli may get permit after all
On Friday, the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control overruled the city’s objection and ordered the application process to continue. …

The ruling states that the city commission failed to show evidence that the applicant was unfit to sell alcoholic beverages or that the issuance of the permit would adversely impact the community.

Monica Snow, president of the Oregon Historic District Board of Trustees, said she has not discussed a course of action with other board members. “We’ve never been against any one business,” Snow said. “We’re just concerned about all the many challenges on Fifth Street.”

The main challenge has been raised by the Oregon Historic District Society and their rejection of progress: they fought the license on Pacchia, What You Eat (later to become the Blue Moon), Thai 9 and Coco’s Bistro. By doing so, they had artificially inflated the value of a liquor license to a price that stopped all but the most committed entrepreneurs from attempting to open.

They also guaranteed that the trouble spots were “protected” from competition- keeping them in business.

With this hurdle almost behind us- all that needs to happen next is relaxing of zoning and building codes to allow full occupancy of all buildings- and a realistic parking solution (build a garage)- and the Oregon District will finally become a finished destination.

One must note that the OHDS has continually failed to demonstrate their “pain” from the liquor licenses that have been approved. Since Pacchia opened in 1995- property values in the Oregon District have skyrocketed.

Best of luck to the 5th Street Wine and Deli.

From the ashes?

Dayton Politics went AWOL about a month ago- after it was offered to the public.

Today- I stumbled upon a new site- www.daytonwatchdog.com, which seems dedicated to bashing Congressman Mike Turner.

From their about page:

Watchdog » About
Watchdog journalism refers to forms of activist journalism aimed at holding accountable public personalities and institutions whose functions impact on the social and political life. The term lapdog journalism is sometimes used as a conceptual opposite to watchdog journalism.

Time will tell if this site picks up any steam- or is going to have the readership. Either way, it’s yet another addition to the pool of sites trying to fill in the blanks that the Dayton Daily News leaves for us daily.

South Park will be the next big thing.

I sit here, on the eve of entering my 21st year in South Park. It was Jan 28th 2006 that I bought my home. Never did I think that 20 years later, I would still be here.

While I’ve seen, and been a part of an amazing transformation of this neighborhood- the e-mail that arrived today foreshadows even greater things to come:

Historic South Park Inc.(HSPI) has just learned that we have been selected to receive the AIA 150 Grant (American Institute of Architects 150 year anniversary). This represents an unparalleled opportunity for the revitalization of our community!

HSPI responded to a multi-county call for entries in mid-December, made the “final four”, and participated in an interview on January 10th.
Yesterday we learned of our selection from AIA President Will Kaly.

As part of the AIA 150 year anniversary grant, they are offering complete design services to a community for revitalization. The services of over 30 architects from multiple disciplines and firms will be at the neighborhood’s disposal. HPSI’s application included streetscape designs for Wayne Ave, Wyoming St., and Brown Warren. In addition, we have requested design services for a housing component to include historically appropriate infill designs and existing structure designs, and design services for all of our public spaces.

With the impending demolition of the Cliburn Manor public housing project, sky-rocketing costs of homes in the Oregon District, the future new Krogers, the investment in the Fairgrounds neighborhood and along the Brown Warren Corridor- South Park is set for terrific growth and its completion as a walkable, live/work community.

The best part of the AIA program- is the involvement of the community in the design process. There is nothing like living in a home before renovating to learn the nuances of a house- and the same goes for a neighborhood. South Park is already blessed with an abundance of beautiful public spaces- now, we will be able to fully illustrate the plan for the future.

An opportunity for someone?

The Golden Nugget on Keowee had a sign in the door that they will close on Jan 28, 2007 due to family health issues.

It’s one of the places people meet for business breakfasts in Dayton- and will be sorely missed. Of course, the Golden Nugget at S. Dixie and Woodman Dr. in Kettering will be back open so, you won’t have to drive too far for the amazing blintzs, pancakes and omelettes that we’ve all grown to love.

So- maybe one of you wants to takeover a successful location? Or begin serving breakfast in your existing restaurant (hint, hint).

Letter to the Editor: Act of protest seems to be lost art

Today’s paper had a shortened version of what I sent in- here are both versions:

Know what to do if person has a seizure; Learning trades should be option; Death penalty needs re-examination; Act of protest seems to be lost art
Act of protest seems to be lost art

Re “Theater audiences are free to accept, reject plays ideas,” Dec. 26: In a country that was forged through a dumping of tea in Boston Harbor and cauterized by a lone black woman refusing to move to the back of the bus, our citizens have grown indifferent to challenges to the status quo.

Our recent protest against smoking on stage was greeted with disdain by a few, indifference by some, inaction by many, and was mostly ignored by the press until long after the play Moonlight & Magnolias closed, and the public voted to ban smoking in public places.

Did we “win” the protest?

If you read the “Other Voices” column by Marsha Hanna — no, we did not. She was the victor and we were driving a stake through the heart of her organization by simply questioning why an actor had to light a cigarette and burn it as opposed to just pretending to smoke.

She cast herself as the protector of artistic freedom, and us as Fascist dictators trying to censor art, which is far from the truth. Our protest wasnt an attack on the Human Race Theater Company; it was an attempt to bring attention to an issue that has been destroying lives for too long.

But it seems that our society and Hanna has a hard time accepting protest as an art form. Its not a win/lose proposition. There is no score keeping — at least not like what we are used to in politics or baseball.

Protests are won when an issue moves from the shadows into the light, or onto the opinion pages of this paper.

David Esrati

Dayton

A lost art: Protest

In a country that was forged through a dumping of tea in Boston Harbor and cauterized by a lone black woman refusing to move to the back of the bus, our citizens have grown indifferent to challenges to the status quo.

Our recent protest against smoking on stage was greeted with disdain by a few, indifference by some, inaction by many, and was mostly ignored by the press until long after the play closed and the public voted overwhelmingly to ban smoking in public places.

Did we “win” the protest? If you read the “Other Voices” column by Marsha Hanna- no, we did not. She was the victor and we were driving a stake through the heart of her organization by simply questioning why an actor had to light a cigarette and burn it (as opposed to just holding it and pretending to smoke).

She cast herself as the protector of artistic freedom- and us as Fascist dictators trying to censor art, which is as far from the truth as the idea that “smoking is glamorous” – an idea that was foisted upon our country by the peddlers of death who advertised smoking as healthy for years.

Until November 7, Ohio allowed smoking in bars and restaurants and on stage at the Human Race. Some bar owners are ignoring the law now, and protesting in their own way, to the glee of many smokers (who will later lie on their deathbeds cursing their years of self abuse).

Ms. Hanna can try to wrap herself up as some freedom-loving protector of the arts- yet, when push comes to shove she admits she will comply with the law. How then is she not betraying the art? In the same way that they don’t really shoot people on stage, or drink real booze (both things we mentioned on our flyer). She will ask the audience to use their imagination to fill in the blanks.

What we asked, was for people to consider that smoking, even for 15 seconds on stage, doesn’t have to happen just because a playwright penned it, or the director thought they had to stick to the script.

Our protest did involve calling sponsors and questioning their support of a needless lighting of a cigarette on stage, and one even came out and protested with us. It wasn’t an attack on the Human Race Theater Company, it was an attempt to bring attention to an issue that has been destroying lives without question for too long.

But it seems that our society (and Ms. Hanna) has a hard time accepting protest as an art form. It’s not a win/lose proposition. There is no score keeping- at least not like what we are used to in politics or baseball. Protests are won when an issue moves from the shadows into the light, or onto the opinion pages of this paper.

Think of all the freedoms you enjoy because someone stopped to protest instead of accepting the status quo. It’s as American as can be- an art form far more important than smoking on stage.

David Esrati

So- be warned- your letter may be shortened-

and to those of you who tire of my anti-smoking tirades on this site, save it.