I spent the morning at another community group-think fest. 200 people there- including a boat load of city staff.
I tweeted the whole she-bang to keep others informed (reverse chronological order- read from bottom up):
- Closing with mayor McLin brief speech. Future events thru September. They want to use electronic comms.(bout time)
- Yes we have land to build housing, yes we have vacant homes. What we need is reasons for people to invest and return 2 city
- RT @SlideMagnet: “Public speaking is the art of diluting a two-minute idea with a two-hour vocabulary.” – Evan Esar
- Just told 2 shutup for suggesting that we stop vacant homes frm becoming vacant lots. Seems like we want to b a hospice instead of hospital
- Now in “current neighborhood opportunities” again, are we focusing on wrong issue? Mowing lots or fixing neighborhoods?
- Why does the REAP progam take 12-18 months? It shouldn’t take that long anymore.
- Focusing on empty lots is like a dentist trying to practice on where the tooth was, instead of taking care of the teeth that are left.
- Now starting session on “current neighborhood opportunities” hopefully not just an adopt a lot session
- Can we simplify the process of splitting lots and guarantee no increase in taxes if space is maintained green?
- In session on transformed landscape, continuum of opportunities for vacant lots
- “Dayton beautiful” regional or core? Is there a litmus test of what is good, right & just? Vision requires focus.
- Shouldn’t be doing speculative urban renewal, only targeted. Wants to fuse old school linear organizing conversation to social media chaos
- Getting history of dayton’s rise and fall from head city planner, john Gower. Now using jetsons to look at vision of future
- At Dayton convention center for “vacant to vibrant” good turnout-about 200 people. How do we refill the urban city?
Then give me some big ideas. What to do with vacant lots? The best thing- don’t let them happen.