Dayton will be feeling the effects of the failed school levy and subsequent fall-out for some time to come, and the school system’s budget situation has become a dark cloud over the city. But the following story proves that there are folks in this city (and region) that believe in the future and importance of at least one school in Dayton, and what seemed like a lost cause may just turn out to be a spectacular win.
Here is an interesting post on Cool Town Studios that briefly talks about our society’s growing economic trend of spending money on events and experiences rather than material luxuries. The idea of spending money on local businesses that offer authenticity rather than national chains that offer formula-based mass production is already significant in many other cities – can that attitude find its way in the Dayton region? With places like The Greene packed with people while our independents fight for survival tells me that our region has a long way to go before this idea gains traction here, but how long will it be before people grow tired of generic experiences that can be found in Anywhere, USA and begin to discover the many great locally-owned businesses we have here? How long will it be before this region’s residents figure out that the key to happiness does NOT mean isolated living in a suburban McMansion, but it can be found living in an urban neighborhood that has true character and true community? Does Dayton have the foundation in place for attracting people who want to live in culturally diverse communities, or will we continue to see those people simply move to bigger cities to find the urban lifestyle they are looking for?
Cool Town Studios
by Neil Takemoto
Community vs money? Is it really that simple?.
Balancing a sense of community vs. financial wealth isn’t a known inversely proportional correlation, but probably more so than you think…
Update (6/26/2007): Our fellow blogger David Esrati has a similar conversation going on over here – it is nice to see this conversation happening out there…
It looks like we have to wait until August to find out if we will be getting the long-anticipated riverfront development tentatively called Ballpark Village. The good news here is that the city has secured buy-rights to the Dayton Career Academy (one of three main properties that must be acquired), and that the Requarth Lumber building is to be saved and incorporated into the development.
Dayton Daily News
By Joanne Huist Smith
Link: Decision about Dayton’s Ballpark Village project delayed.
The region will have to wait until the end of August to learn if Dayton’s downtown waterfront will be transformed into Ballpark Village, an entertainment area with retail, housing and offices.
…"We see no indication that the project won’t work as conceived," Dickstein said.
Also on Wednesday, the City Commission secured the Dayton Career Academy, 441 River Corridor Drive, from the Dayton City School District with a $3 million option-to-buy contract.
The city also is trying to work a deal to buy Requarth Lumber, 447 E. Monument Avenue. The plan calls for incorporating that 1895-era building into the development.
("Requarth Lumber" image taken from http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=540639750&size=l)
The following is an update from our friends at the "Drive Less, Live More" organization here in Dayton (thanks Brenda!)…
Drive Less, Live More saves more than 11,200 miles in 14 days…
Participants surprised how easy it is
Two weeks into the Drive Less, Live More campaign, and area residents have cut their driving by nearly 11,250 miles (that’s like driving from New York City to Los Angeles and back twice), saving more than 239 gallons of gas, and preventing more than 11,000 pounds of greenhouse gases (CO2) from going into the air.
"This is a great start, and it comes at an important time of the year", says Don Spang, executive director of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, one of the four partnering agencies in the campaign. "Given the heat wave we’ve seen over the last few weeks and the number of Air Pollution Advisories we’ve issued, every little bit helps in reducing vehicle emissions."
A presentation of job retention statistics was given during the Downtown Dayton Partnership Annual Meeting last week. The information was very interesting and highlights both the challenges and the opportunities that the community faces in job growth, office vacancy rates and perceptions of the economic health of downtown. As we have frequently commented, one of the biggest problems that downtown Dayton faces in the fissure between the reality and perceptions of downtown problems. The slides from the presentation statistically demonstrate the reality of the challenge to grow and retain jobs in the urban core and are highlighted here.
The Dayton RTA’s decision to change bus routes and move all Main Street bus stops to their future hub at the location of the recently demolished Admiral Benbow Hotel has not been without controversy. The over-hyped melee at the corner of Third & Main a few years ago (no folks, it was not a riot despite what you might think) is certainly a factor in these changes; One reason for the change is that RTA can control security better on their private property than on public property on the city sidewalks & streets. But is removing bus stops from Main Street the answer? it is valuable to check out what is happening in other cities, and here is a similar story from Minneapolis…
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
By Chris Serres and Terry Collins
Link: Will 3 blocks make a difference?.
police say crime has gotten so out of hand at transit stops along 7th Street that the Minneapolis Police Department, Downtown Council and Mayor R.T. Rybak has begun pushing Metro Transit to move bus stops from 7th Street downtown three blocks away to 4th Street.
The proposal comes as violence has intensified on Metro Transit buses. A fatal shooting Sunday of a 16-year-old boy in St. Paul was the second homicide and third violent attack on Metro Transit buses since early March.
So what do you think about the bus stop changes in Downtown Dayton?
An article in Friday
On Sunday we took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the Wright brothers at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, where guest blogger, MetroMark took us on a tour of the center and the field. It was a fascinating tour that ended with an extremely well done documentary about that Wright Brothers that was narrated by Martin Sheen and filmed in the Dayton area, highlighting the Wright Dunbar neighborhood.
Today is the day that consultants unveil the "new & improved" plans for converting one-way streets to two-way. The new plans are to be seen on the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission website by 10am today, but the DDN has the scoop in this morning’s paper…
As a follow-up to our previous entry about the plans to convert Downtown’s one-way streets to two-way, here is the latest news…