Visions for Dayton for the new year

This isn’t a comprehensive list- just some ideas- you are welcome to add to them.

The debate over one way street conversion in Downtown stops- when someone realizes there is no longer any good reason to still be downtown. All of a sudden- the landlords decide to stop paying taxes on their property to “the Downtown Dayton Partnership” and start working to create a vibrant environment- through whatever means necessary. Zoning and building codes get revised making it easy to use existing spaces for what they were originally built for- without having to meet modern code. All of a sudden- huge interest in re-habbing old residential spaces- and retail space sparks a quick renaissance (partially driven by bargain basement rents). All parking lot owners band together for a standardized signage and price structure -dedicating a percentage of every lot for in-and-out traffic for $1 for 3 hours or less. Also- a one park pass comes out- where you can buy parking in any lot for a discounted rate- and special event parking gouging stops.

First steps to uni-gov. After a quick combination of 911 dispatch services- a second attempt at a consolidated SWAT team takes place- only this time- the cowboys aren’t allowed to run the show- it’s headed by the local office of the FBI and a new level of professionalism is shown. Also, all courts begin hiring private security instead of requiring police officers, allowing more cops to be on the streets. A unified traffic division that patrols the entire county works on reducing speeding the way Kettering and Oakwood have- to the whole region.

MVRPC gets disbanded as an unwieldy bureaucracy, as well as every municipalities Economic Development office- and the County actually takes some responsibility for something and starts looking at a unified land use and zoning plan. Citywide and Countywide are merged- and given a private charter- and cut loose from any direct tax dollar funding. A new focus on Community lending is pushed on the local banks by having all local governments insist on linked deposit deals.

As a sign of true regional thinking- and to reduce pressure on small business- Montgomery County also takes over all income tax billing with a simple web interface tied to each business tax ID. A group of local legislators lobbies the State to adopt a similar system.

Sinclair Community College faces its first problem renewing a tax levy- until it changes direction on Warren County. When President Stephen Johnson apologizes to the community for over-reaching, and starts concentrating on how to provide a 2 year degree to every student who graduates HS in Montgomery County for free- as part of the Dayton Promise, he gets an even bigger tax levy approved.

Dayton says thank you very much- but no thanks to Mandalay plans for Ballpark Village on parkland with tax dollar support. Offers sites on the near West Side for Development- including the area just West and North of UD arena. Plans for a new ice rink downtown as part of SportsPlex are announced – with plans for an extreme sports complex, a revamping of Island Park as a Fraze like venue- and the completion of the Kroc center.

The light rail plan gathers steam, and the first track is put in place to begin the return of circulator routes for public transport downtown.

The Dayton Daily News and local TV stop being the source of news in the community- when a local web site starts doing a better job- and advertisers flock to it. It only accepts advertising from locally owned businesses- and a new “keep Dayton special” campaign jump starts a movement of people who refuse to eat and shop at generic businesses from out of state. The Oregon District reaches 100% business occupancy- and some new buildings are built to fill in the gaps- because of the change in zoning laws.

A new interest in local politics emerges thanks to all the progressive ideas taking place- and limits are placed on all local campaigns. You can’t spend more on your campaign than the job pays in a year. All of a sudden- real debates start taking place- and the smartest people for the jobs actually win.

Dayton Public Schools changes their message from one of weakness – to one of accomplishment. With the Dayton Promise in place- students start to take pride in being part of a progressive district. Test scores increase- and discipline problems decrease. Instead of having 6 high school teams in each sport- we only compete with one- and beat every other school in the state in everything. From track to hoop to football. Other cities cry foul- and the State immediately looks to turning the whole state into a state of Champions with an organized athletic training program for every sport. The Buckeyes of course win the national championship this year- but the foundation is built for us to win every year into eternity.
This was written fast and furious- blast away- or add your own ideas.

We need some resolutions for the area- to stop doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome. It’s time.

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