Under Construction

Thursdays during Morning Edition

Under Construction is WYSO’s series on growth in the greater Dayton area. We dig underneath the physical and economic markers of growth to look at the human consequences. Check back Thursdays for new installments.

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Under Construction
6:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Making Springfield An Immigrant-Friendly City: WYSO's Lewis Wallace Talks To Carl Ruby

Carl Ruby is advocating for making Springfield an immigrant-friendly city.

Immigration reform might be dead in Washington for now, but some local advocates are still on the case. One of those is long-time conservative activist and teacher Carl Ruby. He’s part of a new initiative called Welcome Springfield—a takeoff on Welcome Dayton—to work on making Springfield a more appealing place for immigrants.

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Under Construction
6:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

The Future Of Empty Big Boxes: WYSO’s Lewis Wallace Talks To Sarah Schindler

Trotwood City Council member Bruce Kettelle protests outside the Target slated to close May 3.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

In January, Target announced plans to close its store in the northwest Dayton suburb of Trotwood, prompting a strong reaction from many residents and city leaders. The larger picture for Trotwood is that this inner suburb has lost nearly 11 percent of its population in a decade, and the majority of its big box stores—once the mainstay of the town—have packed up and left.

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

The Civil Rights Act And Economic Inequality: WYSO’s Lewis Wallace Looks Back With Jessie O. Gooding

Jessie O. Gooding in his home in Jefferson Township.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

This year marks the 50-year anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed race and sex discrimination in employment and public facilities.

And a lot of people are asking: what has changed?

“Dayton has changed tremendously as far as where we were,” says Jessie O. Gooding of Jefferson Township. “We haven’t achieved the total goal.”

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Chinese Auto Industry Looks To The Midwest—But Why? WYSO’s Lewis Wallace Asks Giorgio Rizzoni

The view from the old employee entrance to the Moraine GM plant, where Fuyao plans to put a new entrance to the plant.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Last week we learned the former GM Moraine Assembly plant is getting a new tenant: a major Chinese automotive glass manufacturer, Fuyao is planning to redevelop 1.4 million square feet of the huge factory, and bring in 800 jobs.

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

A New Tenant For The Old GM Site? WYSO's Lewis Wallace Talks To Mike Davis With The City Of Moraine

GM's Moraine assembly was once an iconic Dayton-area employer. Now, most of the 4 million square foot complex sits empty.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

UPDATE: On Thursday morning, Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown told WYSO he expects an announcement on the new tenant for the Moraine Assembly Plant as soon as Friday. Click here for the news.

It’s been just over five years since General Motors left its giant plant in Moraine, taking the last thousand jobs with it and spelling doom for Dayton’s economy, which once ran on the jobs provided by major industrial manufacturers like GM and NCR.

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