Today’s front page headline really bugged me. “Residents leaving Dayton in droves” was total bullshit. What the hell is a “drove” anyway? Define it? What’s a “big crowd”?
Everything is relative. In case you haven’t been paying attention- Beavercreek and Springboro can’t keep up with their population growth- with school overcrowding becoming a huge problem. Like it or not, those suburbs are part of “Dayton”- and what we have is population shifts- according to our silly, old-fashioned and provincial multitude of jurisdictions. In fact Oakwood lost more people by percentage than Dayton – even with their amazing schools! But that wasn’t the headline, was it?
Dayton, suburbs among population losers
Eighteen cities with a population of more than 5,000 in the eight-county region have lost residents so far this decade, while 19 cities have gained.
And although Dayton lost 5.7 percent of its population from 2000 through July 1, 2006, Oakwood topped that figure.
So, in their continuing efforts to make Dayton a ghost town, the Dayton Daily News fudged the figures a bit in an effort to “sell papers.”
Here is a dirty little secret about the Dayton Daily News- for the last three years, I’ve been paying about $2 a week for the rag. That’s right, half of what their big ad campaign says. I let my 20+ year annual subscription lapse- and they called and offered it at half price to keep their circulation numbers up. And, so, I’m still a subscriber. Place a bet, anyone who wants the newspaper for $2 a week could probably get it- because they are losing subscribers in droves. Big droves.
Maybe it’s because they like sensationalizing things that really aren’t news- like people are shifting around the area due to the natural progression of sprawl- not because of anything the City of Dayton did wrong- but because of lack of foresight of the region of Dayton. Had we shifted to Unigov, and made our city limits extend to the full metropolitan area- we wouldn’t have a population loss at all- in fact, we’d have growth.
Too bad the Dayton Daily News can’t say that about their subscriber base.