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Courteous Mass Wants You To Ride May 1!

Courteous Mass is an event – an urban cycling ride through Dayton. The ride is free – all you need to bring is a bike. Rides are the first Friday of every month. Gather at c{space (20 N. Jefferson).

Here’s this weeks route map: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30161072&o=all&op=1&view=all&subj=66781136458&aid=-1&id=1403340212&oid=66781136458. We’ll gather at c{space starting at 4:45 and roll at 5:15pm.

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Kicking off on April 3rd, 22 riders braved the cold and the wind to cruise Downtown Dayton on their bikes. For those of you who missed it, check out this video. There’s even a facebook group if you’d like more info.


The Power of Place in Economic Development

New Michigan State University report urges focus on place in economic redevelopment
by Sven Gustafson | Michigan Business Review
Monday April 13, 2009, 4:58 PM

College-educated young workers who value quality of life issues above the availability of jobs and other factors will shape the new economy, a new report from Michigan State University concludes.

The report from MSU’s Land Policy Institute, entitled “Chasing the Past or Investing in Our Future: Placemaking for Prosperity in the New Economy,” recommends that communities make themselves more attractive by investing in green spaces, redeveloping downtowns and connecting the economies of urban and rural areas. The authors plan to release the full report Tuesday during the opening of the two-day 2009 Michigan Land and Prosperity Summit in Lansing.

The report finds that regional economic development clustered around assets could afford hard-hit Michigan communities with an opportunity to grow.

“Every place doesn’t have everything,” said Soji Adelaja, LPI’s director, in a statement. “But virtually every place has something that can appeal to certain segments of the population and create prosperity for communities.”

The report adds to an increasing body of research arguing that so-called knowledge workers age 25-34 are key assets for urban communities to try and attract.

It coincides with the planned release Tuesday by Ann Arbor-based think tank Michigan Future Inc. of its second-annual report detailing the state’s transition toward a knowledge-based economy.

Michigan Future president Lou Glazer has argued the state must do more to keep more of its talented young college graduates from leaving the state in order to prosper.

The new MSU report urges communities to leverage the knowledge base of existing universities. It also argues that investment in so-called green infrastructure, such as parks and trail systems, is just as important as investment in traditional infrastructure of roads and bridges.

The authors argue that urban policy makers should focus more on strategies to attract new economy growth than enacting tax incentives and other “fiscal competition” strategies, which they argue are ineffective in creating jobs.

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Shaun & Abigail Bengson In Concert

Doors open at 8:00, Performance starts 9:00pm.

Fresh from their performances at La Mama Theatre in NYC, The Bengsons will perform music from both their off-broadway show & their recently released album “Six Hours.” Tickets $10 (available at the door), to support the couple’s trip to South Africa to teach theatre & music to at-risk urban teens, and Encore Theatre Co.

Visit: www.bengsons.com or www.encoretheatercompany.com for more information or contact newmusicalsETC@encoretheatercompany.com


“The Speed of Life” & FilmDayton After-Party & Concert!

FilmDayton, in coordination with Transparent Films and Big Beef Productions, present a special FilmDayton Festival after-screening party concert in celebration of and with some of Dayton’s finest creative artists!

An evening of fun, friends, dancing and some of the best live musical entertainment in the Miami Valley and beyond!

The party begins immediately following the Dayton Film Festival 7pm screening of the wonderful new film “The Speed of Life”, directed by Daytonian Ed Radtke. and are taking place at GILLY’S, located just across the street from the NEON MOVIES, site of this year’s Dayton Film Festival.

Even if you can’t make it to the film screening, come join the show afterwards!

FEATURING...

– Party tunes provided by DJ SCORPIOUS MAX of the Good Over Evil Sound
Consortium and the ever-legendary and occasionally infamous REV COOL of
“Around The Fringe”!

– A hopping dance floor with a special presentation by REV COOL’S ARKESTRA
DANCE ENSEMBLE, featuring dancers from DCDC (Dayton Contemporary Dance
Company) and the might horn players of the….

– Live music performances by SOHIO and the LAB PARTNERS, two of Dayton’s
finest bands whose music is featured in the film “The Speed of Life”

– A fun way to help support the creative arts in Dayton!

Admission is $5 (or FREE to all paid attendees of Dayton Film Festival
screening of “The Speed of Life” film).


Next steps after the Summit


Springfield’s Westcott House Celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright’s 142nd Birthday

Frank Lloyd Wright’s 142nd Birthday Party With a Big Band Concert on the Lawn of the Westcott House

Saturday, May 30th at 7pm

As you dance under the stars to the sounds of the Bob Gray Orchestra, take advantage of the special silent and live auction featuring travel packages to the world famous Frank Lloyd Wright sites, original art from local, regional and international artists, books, jewelry and much more!

Reserve your tickets now! $45 per person or $80 per couple.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

Please call 937-327-9291 or go to www.westcotthouse.org


Photographers: Capture Downtown Dayton on May 1!

From the Dayton Daily News
Skyline will light up for nighttime photography contest

It’s time for a fresh view of the Downtown Dayton skyline, which has changed in recent months with the addition of the CareSource headquarters, a new logo atop the KeyBank Tower and other new points of light. That’s why the entire community is invited to participate in Light Up Dayton, a photo contest to find some new and distinctive angles on downtown. To help make this possible, Downtown Dayton buildings will be lighted brightly on the evening of Friday, May 1 (from dusk to 11:00 p.m.). The City of Dayton, Dayton Daily News, and Downtown Dayton Partnership are sponsoring the contest.

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Roads, Rivers, Parks & Planes

The second in our series of Town Hall meetings will focus on how the City of Dayton is successfully leveraging strategic investments in our physical infrastructure, like roads, bridges, utilities, parks, rivers, airport runways, and more. Join us as we share the 2009 plan for infrastructure investment, and explain how these investments help stimulate private investment, support Dayton’s “pride of place,” and enhance the safety, efficiency, value and vitality of our city.

Saturday, May 2, 2009
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Dayton Convention Center, Rm. 202
22 East Fifth Street in Downtown Dayton
Free Admission. Passes for Transportation Center parking will be provided.
RSVP to 333-3616 or daytonbeautiful@cityofdayton.org

Everyone welcome—please spread the word!


Ready, Set, Summit

DAYTON, Ohio – The first annual Young Creatives Summit is this Saturday at the Dayton Convention Center from 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Registration begins at 9:30 AM. Hosted by updayton, with support from numerous sponsors, the Summit invites students and young professionals to come together to discuss the region’s challenges and brainstorm possible solutions. Registration is open now at http://updayton.com.

The Summit was modeled after the highly successful 40 Below Summit in Syracuse, NY. However, the Young Creatives Summit focuses on issues specific to the Dayton region. Topics to be discussed in small group breakout sessions include: job opportunities, entrepreneurship, entertainment options, school systems, livable communities, and civic engagement. These topics were selected as focus issues based upon results from updayton’s Fall 2008 research initiative.

The Summit will result in an implementable action plan. After ideas are generated within breakout sessions, participants will return to a Town Hall forum where the large group will vote on the best ideas for impacting the region. The top four ideas will become the next steps in creating a region where young people feel valued and are excited to live, work, and play.

Thanks to updayton’s many sponsors, the Summit is wildly affordable and includes discounts to many local venues. For only $15 ($5 for students), participants will have a say in shaping the future of the region, enjoy breakfast and lunch while networking with community leaders and fellow young professionals, and enjoy entertainment discounts. These discounts include: free entrance to the “Snuggie” pub crawl in the Oregon District, 20% off dinner at premier Oregon District restaurants, free popcorn at the Neon Movies, free coffee from Caffeine at Second Street Market, two-for-one entrance to the Canal Street Tavern’s “Songwriters-in-the-Round,” a hat and $5 in baseball bucks at a Dragons game, and more discounts available at the resource fair.

The resource fair provides participants with the opportunity to network with businesses, entertainment options, and volunteer opportunities throughout the region. Hosted by the Dayton Development Coalition, the resource fair will allow participants to learn about opportunities that exist in the Dayton region.

Many regional leaders value the input of this younger creative class. City Commissioners, County Commissioners and State Representatives will be present at the Summit to listen to the concerns and ideas of participants.

Sponsors for the Summit include: Dayton Development Coalition, Wright State University Center for Urban and Public Affairs, The Dayton Foundation, SOCHE, Andy Snow Photography, DaytonCREATE, Standard Register, QBase, and Honda. Summit media sponsors include: Dayton Daily News, WDTN Channel 2, Dayton’s CW, WYSO, and ActiveDayton.

The updayton 2009 Young Creatives Summit is on Saturday, April 18. The Young Creatives Summit will offer students and young professionals a chance to make a difference in the future of our city – and the power to help transform Dayton into a better place to live, work and play.

For information on updayton and the Young Creatives Summit, see http://updayton.com.


University of Dayton’s Issue Forum on Campus Energy Use

An offbeat video to promote the University of Dayton’s Issue Forum on Campus Energy Use has received more than 3,000 views on YouTube.


The News Hour with Jim Lehrer reports on Dayton’s Art Community

Dayton Arts Community’s Suffering Tied to Automakers’ Woes

Jeffrey Brown reports on arts organizations’ struggle to survive in Dayton, Ohio, where many local jobs are tied to the failing auto industry.

To see the story click here


When the market recovers, smartly located urbanism will claim a larger share. Here’s why.

By Kaid Benfield for Congress for the New Urbanism

Even before the recession began, the market for residential and commercial property in the US was changing away from a model of unmitigated suburban sprawl and toward one of more central locations, urbanity, and walkable neighborhoods. The foreclosure crisis, spike in gasoline prices, and then the full-blown recession have only placed the changes in the market in starker relief. I believe that we are unlikely to return to the old days of sprawl’s utter and complete domination of the real estate map.

Among the evidence, there is a clear geography to the changes in real estate prices we are now seeing: close-in locations are now more highly valued than they used to be, and sprawling locations are less valued than they used to be. I reported this most recently in my map of changing home values in the Washington, DC, region, which shows steep declines in sprawling locations over the last year, but only modest ones (and, in one case, an increase in value) in inner locations.

This is consistent with various maps showing the patterns of foreclosure, such as those in Denver and Houston, which depict, sadly, many more foreclosures in sprawling new suburbs than in urban locations. Something similar has been happening with regard to commercial properties, too, even before the recession.

A second set of indicators that things are changing reflects the way that central cities (save some egregious cases like Detroit) have experienced a building boom and influx of new jobs and residents. Dr. John Thomas at EPA has been analyzing the geography of housing permits, and he has seen dramatic rises in the central-area share (and, conversely, drops in the outer-suburban share) of new housing construction over the last two decades.

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Majora Carter of Sustainable South Bronx to speak at UD

The 2009 Stander Symposium keynote speaker is MAJORA CARTER, Founder, Sustainable South Bronx. Majora addresses public health, poverty alleviation, and climate change as one of the nation’s pioneers in successful green-collar job training and placement systems. She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 to achieve environmental justice through economically sustainable projects informed by community needs. Her work has garnered numerous awards and accolades including a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and one of the NY Post’s Most Influential NYC Women for the past two years. She is a board member of the Widerness Society, and hosts a special national public radio series called “The Promised Land” (thepromisedland.org).

Her address is on Thursday, April 16 at 9 AM in the UD RecPlex. Admission is free and the event is open to the public, but tickets are required. For tickets visit http://tickets.udayton.edu or call 229-2545.

A more detailed bio on Majora in addition to parking information and directions can be found on the Stander Symposium website at http://stander.udayton.edu.


Snuggie Pub Crawl comes to Oregon Arts District

A Snuggie Pub Crawl will be held in the Oregon Arts District Saturday, April 18, beginning at 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person with proceeds going to benefit The Seedling Foundation in support of Stivers School for the Arts.
Featuring the as-seen-on-TV blanket with sleeves, Snuggie Pub Crawls have become the hottest bar event around the country and now it comes to Dayton!. Visit www.snuggiepubcrawls.com for more information. Organizers report that participants are encouraged to decorate their Snuggies and that blankets, backward robes and designer Snuggies or Snuggie knock-offs are welcome.

The schedule for Dayton’s Snuggie Pub Crawl is: 8 p.m. Oregon Express; 9 p.m. Blind Bob’s; 10 p.m. Trolley Stop; 11 p.m. Dublin Pub; at 11:45 p.m., sober up afterwards at Jazzy Java with coffee and live jazz.

Snuggies can be acquired at Walgreens Stores, Staples, or ordered online and you’ll get the free book light, great for checking out menu’s in dark bars!


FilmDayton Festival

It’s official, it’s happening!  Friday, May 15th – Sunday, May 17th headquartered at The Neon in downtown Dayton!  Stay tuned to www.filmdayton.com for more info!