Why the South Park Historic District is the best place to live in Dayton

I bought my home on January 28, 1986. That was also the day the space shuttle Challenger blew up. $14,500 for 1700 square feet of Victorian wood frame home. A 2 car detached garage, fenced in yard for the dog- and a lot of work staring me in the face.

Seven years of living with a decor that I came to call “early American toolbox”- with a table saw in the living room- and I finally had the house I still call home.

I had no idea what kind of neighborhood I was buying into- but it turned out to be a pretty good one. So good, that in 1997 I made a 30 minute video with my former employee Kevin Moran (who still lives in the ‘hood) about what made this neighborhood special. It’s called “South Park Soliloquy” and today, I pulled out the master tape- digitized it, compressed it- and put it up on YouTube for all to share.

If you are wondering about the really cool music- it’s 4 time Grammy nominee, Buckwheat Zydeco. We did his site in trade for the rights to use the music (the site still uses most of the visuals that we did for him). I remember trying to explain why we should use Zydeco to sell a turn-of-the-century neighborhood- it seemed like such a disconnect- but, I still say that happy music is the best soundtrack for a happy neighborhood.

I hope you enjoy it.

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John Bognar
John Bognar

Nicely done. It captures some great history, and the many great reasons to live in South Park.

I watched Southpark Soliloquy with great interest, as I recently completed a similarly themed film about the Oregon District, called Oregon Stories. This film will air on local PBS Channel 16 ThinkTV on Thursday August 2 2007 at 8:00 PM. If you miss the broadcast, DVDs are available at Gem City Records.


Cheers to all you historic district pioneers!

David Esrati
David Esrati

Hi John-
Can’t wait to see it. Are the DVD’s at Gem City free?
And- will you be uploading it to youtube?

John Bognar
John Bognar

David, thanks for your interest in the Oregon film. The DVDs are priced at $20 at Gem City Records. The DVDs contain bonus material not found in the main film.
No plans yet to upload to youtube, but it could happen in the future.