Oregon District

How does downtown Dayton hope to compete?

On Friday I went to the annual meeting of the extra-tax to save downtown organization- I mean the Downtown Dayton Partnership presentation of the update on the “Downtown Dayton Plan.” It seems the last year has been spent quietly raising $3.8 million for the paddle boat run- and not much else. Now, it’s up to Read More

The life and death of a small Dayton business

UPDATE MAR 2011-apparently it cost more to go bankrupt than to keep the doors open- and Motoscooto is back in business. The vultures descended on Motoscooto yesterday. After a 2-year run, the small, independent scooter store auctioned off the remaining inventory online- and will be no more. The small former gas station on Wayne has Read More

Houses of ill repute vs. regulators of no respect

To continue our discussion of the capricious limit on liquor permits in the Oregon District, where the  limit of 17 magic licenses reduces competition and free markets- we find that when others sell liquor without state sanction- they  are “hot spots for violence, drugs and prostitution” according to the Dayton Daily headline: Sanders’ sister, Florence Read More

Three-minute thinking

The argument about how many liquor licenses should be permitted in the Oregon district continues to kill off the district’s potential to be the entertainment district it could be. Unfortunately, 30-year-old thinking is still being applied. The limits were put in place because a small group of residents were allowed to speak for the whole Read More

New bar coming to old bar in Oregon District

It was the American Saloon, then Coco’s 520 Grill, then Blue Moon, then John Henry’s- and maybe one more in between. But, two veteran bar managers are starting work on turning it into “Lucky’s Taproom and Eatery”- soon. Kevin Cooney and Andrew Trick are planning 14 taps pouring craft beers- and if past performance is Read More

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