Why is it page 1 when closing and page 8 when opening?

The Dayton Daily News might be the number one reason for Dayton’s low self-esteem. After all, when a restaurant closes, it’s front page news, but when it reopens under new management- it’s buried on page 8.

Iconic restaurant to reopen, reinvented, as The Brunch Club
The Breakfast Club Cafe — a breakfast-and-lunch mainstay at South Main Street and South Patterson Boulevard for decades until it closed in April — will reopen in early November as The Brunch Club, and will retain most of the former restaurants menu as well as some of its employees.

Jim Koehnen will operate the restaurant with his business partner Jim Vari. Bothalso co-own the Fairway Inn at Kittyhawk Golf Course in Dayton.

The Brunch Club is at 601 S. Main St. Downtown Dayton at the corner of Main and Patterson. Its hours will be 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday 937 222-7411

I’m looking forward to having another option for breakfast close to South Park.

Needless to say, neither the opening or closing of a restaurant is front page news, we need to save that for Doc’s accused of downloading kiddy porn.

Look at the newspapers of cities that aren’t in decline and note the different tenor of the stories. The Dayton Daily News has more in common with the National Enquirer than it does the Cincinnati Enquirer, even though they are trying to copy the Cincy papers digital strategies at every turn.

What would be your definition of good local news? Feel free to share in comments:

Rehabarama is alive in South Park- free home tours

Staircase handrail handcrafted by Hamilton Dixon- South Park RehabaramaFor the last year, 2 developers have been buying up old, dilapidated homes in the South Park Historic District of Dayton Ohio. They’ve been working like crazy the last three months getting the houses ready for Rehabarama- the showcase of renovated homes.

The cooks dream kitchen in South Park, open during RehabaramaThis is the second time we’ve hosted Rehabarama in our neighborhood- the first time was in 2001 and was funded by the city. This time, it’s all sweat equity and a labor of love by Theresa Gasper and Michael DeFlora, the developers.

The upstairs bedroom- has an upstairs loft! The best of Bonner street on display at RehabaramaJust yesterday the house behind mine didn’t have a yard with grass, or any interior furnishings- as of 4pm yesterday- it was ready to show. The tour is free, come to the tent off Park Drive (1 block North of Wyoming at Wayne Ave).

Houses that you could have bought for $30,000 last year- are now ready to buy for anywhere from $130,000 to $249,000. One on my street has already sold for $230,000.

It’s another great thing to do in Dayton- that’s free and fun.

It will run through Oct 22nd. So come on down.

More info on the homes here:


How to add cops on the street- cheap

Trying to get the Dayton Police Department to write traffic tickets like Oakwood or Kettering is like trying to get a candidate to run against the machine here- ain’t going to happen.

So- instead of having real cops stand outside with laser detectors- why not use:

Idea City: Marketing – Advertising – Culture
The New York Times reports the town of Smyrna, Tennessee has posted life-size, corrugated plastic cutouts of cops holding speed guns at busy intersections in town… (click the link above to see the rest of the article- the link to the Times is gone)

Photo of real cop behind his photo double.

The trick comes, when you actually put the real cop out with his cutout- so you can never tell if it’s real, or Officer Rex.

The perception of Oakwood as a quiet, safe city- comes in part from their crackdown on speeders. Dayton suffers as a perceived wild-west of boom-thunk cars and smoking rubber. A few cut-out cops and a little enforcement might start to change things.

Opinions anyone?

Cheeseheads know hockey. You can too.

Next weekend- Oct 12-13, 07, The Lefty Mcfadden College Hockey Invitational comes back to the Nutter Center. College hockey at it’s best- with the 06 champion Wisconsin Badgers coming to town and bringing their fans.

With the Dayton Bombers going to the Kelley Cup Finals last season, and this line up for the Lefty- it’s time for you to discover the joys of good hockey. Besides- this brings sports tourist dollars to the area- just like SportsPlex would:

Hockey tournament to bring $500K to area – Dayton Business Journal:
The 2006 NCAA hockey champions are among the four teams set to carve up the ice at the 2007 Lefty McFadden College Hockey Invitational.

The Ohio State Buckeyes, Wisconsin Badgers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Mercyhurst Lakers will compete at the Nutter Center Oct. 12 and 13, according to event organizers.

Wisconsin was the NCAA “Frozen Four” champion in 2006. Notre Dame was the 2006-07 Central Collegiate Hockey Association champion and spent much of the season atop the Division I college hockey polls.

Incoming fans could generate anywhere from $450,000 and $550,000 in economic impact, based on 3,000 to 4,000 people attending per night, said Kathleen Young, executive director of the Greene County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Organizers said they are seeing a spike in pre-sale discounted two-day passes this year, up 25 percent to 30 percent, with buyers from Ohio’s neighboring states, plus Wisconsin, New York, Tennessee and Canada, said tournament director Bob Brogan.

“Although we have offered a two-day tickets before, we’ve never had this kind of reception,” Brogan said. “Frankly, the way the Wisconsin people responded has been totally astounding.”

The tournament generally draws in 2,500 to 3,500 per night, Brogan said, but this year could draw as many as 5,000 per night.

The Dayton Hockey Foundation sponsors the Lefty McFadden College Hockey Invitational and also manages the Dayton Hockey Hall of Fame. It is a nonprofit organization that performs philanthropic acts in the Dayton area through hockey-related activities.

I hope County Commissioner Dan Foley shows up at the Lefty- and uses this as justification to get our planning for a local Sports Authority into high gear.

And- Welcome to Dayton you Cheeseheads.

Ballpark Village now stealing tenants from Downtown

Someone in City Hall must have flunked basic math. Spending money to move jobs from one office tower to a new office building doesn’t equal more revenue. In fact, all it does is piss off the property owners of the tower- who have been dutifully paying the Downtown Dayton Partnership a tax premium to help retain jobs downtown.

Now, it seems the City is going to spend millions to move Thompson Hine out of the Mead tower and out of the Special Improvement District- to a new building, to be built where a perfectly good building is already standing.

Someone needs a reality check.

Law firm intends to lease space at Ballpark Village
The law firm said it is the largest tenant to agree to take office space at the development.

By March 2009, the firm would occupy the entire top floor of a new office building at Ballpark Village. The firm would also occupy part of the floor immediately below, taking a total of 45,489 square feet.

That building will have five to seven floors, depending on commitments from tenants, Curry said. The village will offer firm employees free parking and views of the Great Miami River and Fifth Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons, he said.

The move also means Thompson Hine will leave the former MeadWestvaco Tower — recently renamed 10 West 2nd Tower — which the firm has called home since 1976.

But Curry said the firm remains committed to downtown Dayton and to the clients it serves.

“We are proud to be a leading tenant in this exciting new development and hope this will serve as a catalyst to attract other businesses to downtown,” Curry said.

Ballpark Village is a 300,000-square-foot mixed use complex that will feature entertainment, retail, office and housing. The office building will be the development’s first project.

In June, the Dayton City Commission secured one property needed for Ballpark Village, with a $3 million option-to-buy the Dayton Career Academy on Corridor Drive from the Dayton City School District. Then in September, the city snagged a second option to buy the Woolpert Building on Monument Avenue from Dayton Office Properties LLC.

Of course, when 2 of the commissioners are running unopposed, they must feel like they can do whatever they want. If I was the owners of 10 West 2nd Tower- I’d be suing for my Downtown Dayton Partnership money back – at a minimum.

We already have too much office space- and too many vacant homes in Dayton. Why should we build Ball Park Village?

How about adaptive reuse of the old Delco plants- currently owned by Mendelsons? How about investing some of that 3 million in services- like the DDP Clean and Safe program- instead of charging a premium SID tax?

Or- how about 3 million into a Sportsplex for everyone in Dayton- not just the uber rich?