Citywide development

MidPark? Part of someone’s plan.

If you’ve never heard of MidPark- don’t feel left out. A lot of people have no clue. It’s the working name for the little stretch of land between downtown Dayton and Miami Valley Hospital in the “middle of South Park” – well sort of. And a bunch of money is about to be spent there. Read More

Why do the citizens have to pay for the city’s real estate fetish?

The City of Dayton has a bad habit, it likes to buy real estate with no public use in mind. It’s not just the two buildings in Webster Station– it’s all over the city. And it’s been going on for a long time. Duane Jack was a self-styled real estate developer who lived in South Read More

The quasi governmental slush fund

It used to be illegal to pass tax dollars off to private enterprise and to compete with private enterprise, so a whole breed of new quasi-governmental slush funds were contrived. These were kept off the public books- even though they were using public money. Citywide Development was one of the first organizations of this type, Read More

Dayton’s number one priority for David Esrati

I can write the plan, I can write more than 1,000 posts on this site, I can talk about all the little things we could do- and even some of the big things, but there is no greater priority than solving this problem: From 2001 to 2008, Dayton’s population declined by nearly 10,000 — from Read More

Same as it ever was…same as it ever was…

“How did we get here?” is a question asked by a band called the “Talking Heads” in a song called “Once in a lifetime.” Dayton now finds itself asking the same question (or should). “This is not my beautiful house” anymore. We’ve lost population, we’ve lost higher income residents, we’ve lost the trust and faith Read More

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