economic development

Bulldozers don’t beat urban blight, they just create wastelands

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” is the prayer that begins almost every recovery meeting, and for good reason: change is difficult. For the past 30 years I’ve watched the city of Dayton proper Read More

Dayton confuses gentrification with community development

This is why Chris Shaw and Matt Joseph can’t be re-elected, nor should the people in charge of “economic development” and “community development” in Dayton be allowed to continue with their “vision” of Dayton. This “program” is nothing but a tool to assist in red-lining and discrimination, while encouraging gentrification. True community development rises all Read More

Why Chris Shaw and Matt Joseph need to go away

I just got back from the candidates event hosted by Neighborhoods over Politics at Sinclair. Called, “Rock da Vote” it comes complete with a wisecracking MC and a DJ. Unfortunately- it didn’t come with a ton of voters, but since it was livestreamed on FB- maybe it will reach more folks than most of these Read More

Emergency response or real long term economic development

In the wake of the tornado epidemic, people came out in droves to provide food and water and clear the initial destruction. What’s most important now is restoring a semblance of normalcy for those who’ve been displaced from their homes, lost their vehicles, or have no workplace left to go to. When re-homing households there Read More

“What is Esrati’s end game”

A friend was asked this week, “you know Esrati, what’s his end game?” and my friend had no answer. Really, it hasn’t changed since I bought my crap house in South Park on Jan 28, 1986- the day the Challenger space shuttle blew up. Buy low, sell high. Sure, my $14,500 house could sell for Read More

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