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…
I ran across this article on Cool Town Studios today, and it is a very interesting and progressive idea: A nonprofit commercial real estate service in Pittsburgh is seeking out "cool spaces" for businesses that are looking for, well – cool spaces to put their business in.
There is a buzz in the air of this town these days that is growing. But it isn’t the buzz
we are used to hearing – it is the kind of buzz that is much more likely to make an impact on the future success of Dayton than the typical buzz you are used to hearing.
Last night, Richard Florida (American economist and urban studies theorist) spoke at Wright
State University. His book Rise of the Creative Class was one of the things that inspired me to get more involved with urban advocacy. Yes, I am included in that creative class group – I’m in my 30’s, I am an entrepreneur, I work with technology, I live downtown, I enjoy coffee shops, I go to the theater. But that isn’t what Florida’s "Creative Class" is all about, despite what many people believe. No matter what your profession, if you frequently express yourself either through art, music, writing (even bloggers), acting, etc., then you are in fact creative and thus in this group. If you work at a job where you use your mind to create – whether that is at a software company or a manufacturing plant where your input leads to process improvement – you are in the creative group. The point is, many people think of this "creative class" idea and think that it only applies to high tech people or artists. Those "yuppie types" as I’ve heard some people say. But as Florida spoke last night, he emphasized the fact that this class of people is not very exclusive; most of us are indeed creative and thus are part of this group.
Anybody that has been to a major city has noticed the significant number of art galleries, live theaters and live music venues that exist in these cities’ urban cores. These creative types typically live in areas where their surroundings are condusive to their creativity. Edgy urban neighborhoods filled with eclectic people, historic or funky architecture, and other things that are not bland attract artists, who in turn make these neighborhoods even more diverse and eclectic. Eventually, hip professionals both young and old start to move in as they are attracted by the same things that the artists are. But when they start to move in, something happens – demand (and thus prices) begin to go up.