Downtown Dayton

A mostly empty building, 40 West Fourth St, with a reflection in its windows of part of the empty Dayton Arcade.
Carey Scheer / WYSO

Dayton’s first modern skyscraper stands at 40 West Fourth Street. It’s all glass on the outside, stretching 22 stories into the sky.

Dayton Arcade Interior, 2013
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Dayton City Commission has voted to put money towards upkeep for the historic downtown Dayton Arcade, and an out-of-state investor is joining in.

Dayton Metro Library Operations Center Gives New Life To Hauer Music Building

Sep 16, 2015
An employee installs cameras on exterior of new north stair tower at the Hauer Music Building
Marika Snider / WYSO

A new Dayton Public Library Operations Center is about to open in the former Hauer Music Building. In 2012, the passage of the $187 million Libraries for a Smarter Future levy began an enormous construction and remodeling campaign of the entire Dayton Metro Library System.

The rotunda section of the Arcade is in urgent need of repair. downtown dayton
David Bohardt / Arcade Task Force

The downtown Dayton Arcade has been unoccupied for more than twenty years now.

But 52-year-old Daytonian Aquetta Knight remembers a time when it was hopping.

“Everybody I knew was down there,” she says. “They were the good old days.”

Her dad was a shoe repairman in the Arcade, which also housed a fresh meat market, fresh fish, a popcorn store and a grocery. She’s like a lot of residents who want nothing more than to see it open back up.

The old Delco building in downtown Dayton, largely offline since the 1980s, is being converted into apartments. Developers look out on the future courtyard.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Three Dayton-area buildings, including the former Delco building next to Fifth Third Field, have been approved for historic preservation tax credits from the state. The credit gives private developers a tax break on rehabilitation costs for historic buildings.

Bike Miami Valley

Downtown Dayton’s new bike share program kicked off this month and it has already exceeded expectations. 

Chris Buck with Bike Miami Valley says the bike share numbers in the first few weeks have been high.

“In the first 24 days we saw over 4600 rides taken,” he said. “We know that we have over 1080 unique users so people have really embraced the bike share concept and have gone full-bore at it.”

A sketch of the future Water Street District in downtown Dayton on the riverfront.
Courtesy of developers Crawford Hoying and Woodard.

The ground was officially broken at Dayton’s Water Street apartment development Thursday morning. The 215-unit luxury apartment complex is part of an investment partnership between Columbus-based Crawford Hoying and Dayton based Woodard Real Estate. The original plan called for fewer units and less money invested, but the project has expanded since it was first announced.

Bike Miami Valley

A $1 million bike share project was announced by Bike Miami Valley and the Greater Dayton RTA Thursday morning.  

Laura Estandia with Bike Miami Valley says the goal of the program, known as “Link”, is to promote more active lifestyles in the city.

“This is a transportation tool for downtown that’s going to link together different areas of’s going to do a lot for the connectivity of our region,” she said.

Dayton Goes 3D: Community Voices Tours Doppelganger Laboratories And Proto BuildBar

Dec 18, 2014
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

3D printing isn’t the future—it’s now. In the last year and a half, four new 3D printing services have opened in the Miami Valley, and the most recent additions are each trying out something new.

A “maker space” with beer

The Proto BuildBar on First Street in downtown Dayton is perhaps overly hipster: the employees are wearing gas station attendant shirts and retro eyeglasses, and the music is 90’s indie rock. But Proto BuildBar is more than a hip hangout. If you’re a techie, it could be a dream come true. They have a dozen 3D printers and rows of workbenches with soldering guns and magnifying glasses.

“We are the world’s first build bar,” says General Manager Alex Todd. “We are a small scale coffee shop and bar housed together with a 3D print and maker space. It’s kind of a cool concept. You can come in and rent time on 3D printers.”

James Hicks is the Bearded Barber.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

WYSO Curious, our series where you ask the questions and our reporters answer them, is at it again, this time with a question that might seem clear-cut:

Who is the Bearded Barber?