I always shake my head in disbelief when I hear someone say "There's nothing to do in downtown Dayton."
I think to myself, "Are you living in the same city I am?"
I really feel you get what you give in life because in my mind Dayton has a lot to offer and it's seems like it's beginning to find a nice groove right now.
The banks of the Great Miami River are now dotted with new multi-million dollar investments. I'm obviously ( and hopefully you too) aren't the only ones seeing Dayton's progression.
I had a great conversation with Sandy Gudorf recently on Update Dayton (Sunday mornings at 6:30 ) about the future of our downtown.
Sandy is the President of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, a non-profit organization that works with the city and private business owners to strengthen imminities and enhance your downtown experience.
We talked about a number of topics such as the new Link Bike Share program that has seen members already log more than 30,00 miles since May.
Sandy says noontime entertainment has been received well on Courthouse Square, " Although the weather has been very wet this spring and fall, people working downtown want to get out and enjoy the Square Is Where entertainers and vendors.. it has been very successful."
Sandy also shared that downtown housing remains a positive sign that people want to live, work and play downtown.
The numbers back that up as residential vacancy is only 3%.
"That's why the Riverscape River Run project , I think, is also going to be successful. It gives us one more exciting activity downtown.
Riverscape got us to our beautiful river, the River Run Project will get us in to our beautiful river."
Listen to the Morning Ride from 6-10 all this week as my conversation with Sandy will continue as we'll discuss a new connector being envisioned, the possibility of a new grocery store and the future of the Arcade.
For more info go to: www.downtowndayton.org.