social capital

How to make Dayton a more education centric community

There is no doubt that educational achievement is good for a community’s economy. Good schools are still one of the prime factors driving residential real estate values. And while Dayton public schools are oft maligned and score poorly on state report cards, we come back to the basics of computer programming: garbage in, garbage out. Read More

The most important American stock exchange: your neighborhood housing stock

Last night, around 6o South Park neighbors got together at Hope Lutheran Church for our annual “Hot Toddy” party– food, desserts, alcohol, kids, a raffle for some amazing gift baskets and South Park Family Feud game- where the survey said: we’ve built a pretty special neighborhood. South Park is reportedly one of only a few Read More

The long view on the current crisis: time for an Internet sales tax for education

Spending is down, sales tax revenues are falling, real estate values and the correlating property taxes are falling- and even the “Fair tax” advocates are pro-consumption taxes, so it’s time to institute a fixed national sales tax on all items purchased over the Internet, collected Federally, and distributed per capita, by student- for education. Not Read More

Time to rebrand the initiative: “Social Capital” to replace “Creative Class”

While I was in one of the breakout sessions at the Wright State Regional Summit today, it finally struck me as to why I really don’t like Richard Florida’s “Creative Class” buzz-phrase: it’s elitest. I hear the word class- and it’s one step to caste, you know the things they use in India where some Read More