James Kent

The death of a good idea

Full disclosure: my firm, The Next Wave, has worked with James Kent over the last 10 years, both with Kent Development and then with the Architectural Reuse Company. They are a South Park neighborhood-based business. The idea was noble. The company was green, compassionate, and the service was needed. There is no lack of work. Read More

Jobs for ex-offenders

Tuesday morning on my run, a guy pulls up in his car, rolls down his window and gives me a big grin. I didn’t recognize him right away (during campaign season- more people recognize you and expect you to remember the 2 minute meeting you had with them at a candidates night), but then I Read More

Rebuilding Dayton in small steps: Micro houses

I’ve worked on more than a few Habitat for Humanity builds. I think that Habitat is a noble organization. But, I think that the answers to our problem with homelessness, with affordability, and with repopulating Dayton are that we’re still trying to use yesterday’s paradigms for today’s problems. It’s a question of size. I live Read More

MCOFuture: Groundhog day groupthink for the last generation

I walked out. Couldn’t take it any more. Sitting in a room with 300+ people rehashing the dreams of a future that will never come, thanks to their inability to see what’s right in front of them. MCOFuture was the brainshild of our County Commission- a grand plan to follow to make everything successful- by Read More