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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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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The Economy & Business
6:31 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Want A Drone? WYSO's Lewis Wallace Talks Regulations With Maurice McDonald

A quadcopter ready for flight at SelectTech Geospatial in Springfield.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Right now, if you can spare the cash, you can buy your own drone—or unmanned aerial vehicle, as the industry likes to call them. You can buy local, too, because the Dayton area is trying to shape itself as a hub for the growing commercial drone industry. In a couple years local companies would like to be using them for agricultural purposes, emergency response, entertainment, even surveillance.

"The FAA really needs to address the procedures and policies associated with flying these systems," says Maurice McDonald at the Dayton Development Coalition.

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The Economy & Business
7:33 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Can A Neighborhood Improve Without Gentrifying? WYSO’s Lewis Wallace Talks To Jan Lepore-Jentleson

Twin Towers in Dayton. St. Mary's Church, in the background, is central to the neighborhood's history.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The Twin Towers neighborhood in Dayton was established more than a hundred years ago, and it’s been through a lot. Recently 84 new houses opened in the area for low-income families through a public-private partnership organized by East End Community Services. But what does this mean for a neighborhood trying to turn itself around?

 

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