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Art brings new life to Oregon District

The montage of businesses in the Historic Oregon District — restaurants, taverns, art galleries and retail — should be feeling the bite of the nationwide recession. Instead, new business are popping up and others are growing.

That didn’t happen by accident.

Property owners came together like a family in crisis two years ago, when city officials announced plans for a multimillion-dollar riverfront project downtown that would create a mix of housing, retail and offices.

The competition, Oregon supporters feared, could eat away at the neighborhood’s customer base.

They came up with a plan building on the neighborhood’s preservation theme. With benefactor Dr. Michael Ervin’s guidance and financial support, the neighborhood launched a campaign a year ago to create the Oregon Arts District.

While plans for the riverfront project collect dust, Oregon, for the most part, flourishes:  read more of this article from 3/6/09 Dayton Daily News, written by Joanne Huist Smith

Also read the companion article:

Oregon District businesses say arts initiative working

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