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  1. Another new apartment building coming to downtown by RiverScape The rapid growth of the Water Street District is expected to continue with the addition of a new apartment building that will offer sweeping views of the river and downtown Dayton. Crawford Hoying says it plans to knock down the vacant Wright State University Kettering Center at 140 E. Monument Ave. to make way for a new, five-story apartment building called The Monument. The new apartment building will have 125 apartments, as well as 8,200 square feet of space for retail and restaurant uses on the first floor, said Brent Crawford, principal and founder with Crawford Hoying, one of the developers of the thriving Water Street District. More below: https://www.daytondailynews.com/business/real-estate/another-new-apartment-building-coming-downtown-riverscape/uh29di0z257s5KMVRv8KlM/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_Dayton_Daily_News&fbclid=IwAR2enJE7B-GcWqKTt-9dQ3wsu6MqCbwAJKLyyj7z3ABrCwHHzALk2buBXM0 I'm glad that Columbus continues to take interest in doing projects here, since the other city in our *cough cough* megaregion doesn't seem too interested in Dayton.
  2. What the heck is up with that lane configuration? Are the middle lanes express lanes?
  3. I swear the "Ohio Twang" has become far more prevalent in the last decade. I never used to hear it in Cleveland, but it's taken over the suburbs.
  4. Yeah, there wasn't a single article in the DDN about it, much less months of debates in neighborhood and city council and countless hit pieces from "politics columnists". It just... happened one day, with no fanfare.
  5. Dayton just wrapped up a big road diet on the one-way streets that run through Sinclair. What was once a five-lane road with at-grade crosswalks has been redesigned as a two-lane road with a bike lane and raised crosswalks to slow drivers down. I'm impressed with how it's turned out. Before: After:
  6. ^After snatching the crown from the Pope and doing the coronation himself.
  7. Keep in mind that Kentucky's state politics are a little weird and the way they vote in state elections doesn't always correspond to how they feel about the national parties. They've had far more Democratic governors than Republican governors, even after the post-Nixon Dixiecrat inversion.
  8. The highest spikes in Montgomery county were all in suburban or rural zip codes. So much for suburbs being a magical safe haven from coronavirus.
  9. I was worried when I saw Third Perk had closed, but it turns out they're just moving to the Fire Blocks and opening up another shop at the Gem City Market! Coffee shop owner plans two new ventures in west Dayton DAYTON, Ohio (Dayton Business Journal) -- The owner of a local coffee shop is relocating in downtown Dayton, and at the same time is planning an expansion into the city’s west side. Plus, she is working on a second west Dayton venture still under wraps. More below: https://dayton247now.com/news/local/coffee-shop-owner-plans-two-new-ventures-in-west-dayton?fbclid=IwAR3V1XadnaqhzjKY5s5rCvPyNIlrk541OGc623vpjUCGb1wf5gvDcyYm_OI
  10. Have you lived in other cities in Ohio? I'd be curious as to how your experiences differed. I didn't live directly downtown or in Lakewood or anything like that, so it's definitely possible that the lake impacted your life on a more regular basis than it did mine.
  11. That affects the city's built form, but on a day-to-day basis, living in Cleveland wasn't vastly different from living elsewhere in the state. The presence of the lake doesn't really change what life is like in Glenville or Shaker Square compared to living in Walnut Hills or McPherson Town.
  12. I don't think I ever insinuated that northeastern Ohio is a unique drag on the rest of the state. It's 1/3 of the state's economy after all. But when Cleveland forumers act like they're special enough to warrant creating a new state (or join another one 400 miles away), I'm more than happy to poke the bear in jest. I'd do the same to Chicago secessionists. It's fine to imagine a world in which our state borders better reflected the cultures of the people living in them, but that's not what we have, and short of a major national upheaval, it's unlikely. I just prefer to use my good ol' midwest pragmatism to look for more realistic solutions to problems.
  13. I lived in Cleveland for 20 years, Cincinnati for 5, and now Dayton for 4 years, and Cleveland really isn't as different from the rest of the state as people seem to insist that it is. I get the frustration in feeling that the state isn't doing enough to help out urban areas, but I think it would be far easier to lobby for reform at the state level (and hopefully the new state legislature redistricting helps somewhat) than to continue some pie-in-the-sky secession thought experiment. Pretty much every urban area in Ohio has urbanists who want to see their cities get better, and fixing things at the state level would help out a lot more regions than just northeast Ohio. we all get sh*t on, not just you guys.
  14. There's an economic difference between being located 60 miles from the largest city in the country and... being Youngstown that allows Bridgeport to build up in a way that Youngstown never would, even if it had a healthier economy.
  15. I said it in another thread but CT already has Hartford, Bridgeport and New Haven to deal with. Why would they willingly want to add Cleveland, Elyria and Youngstown to that list of struggling legacy cities?
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