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The Gem City Market project has received a $220,000 Grant from insurance giant CareSource. "We are thrilled to receive this vote of confidence from Caresource," says Amaha Sellassie, Gem City Market Board President.
Gem City Market

Thousands of West Dayton residents who lack easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables could soon have a full-service food market close to home.

 

The west side has been without a convenient source of fresh produce since 2008, when a neighborhood Kroger grocery store shut down. Since then, city officials have tried attracting a new grocer without success.

 

Sen. Cliff Rosenberger
Hannah Boone

The State has approved $1 million in funding to preserve the historic Wright Airplane Factory site on Dayton's west side.

The grant will be used by the National Park Service to preserve the exterior of two buildings. They’ll also create a replica of the brother’s first manufactured plane.

State officials say the project will revitalize West Dayton.

Andrea Hatcher with NOP spoke to Dayton City Commissioner Chris Shaw after the meeting.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Around 30 Dayton residents were at the City Commission meeting Wednesday to talk about neighborhood investment. Members of the group Neighborhoods Over Politics (NOP) filled up the City Commission chamber with a list of requests focused on getting the city to pay more urgent attention to empty and dilapidated houses, and enforce housing codes, particularly on the west side.

 

Andrea Hatcher with NOP lives in Madden Hills.

 

In Wolf Creek and Dayton View, hundreds of homes still stand empty. west dayton abandoned house tour
Juliet Fromholt / WYSO

Since the housing market collapse in the late 2000s, Dayton and Montgomery County have been demolishing hundreds of abandoned houses per year.

A half-finished demolition site in Dayton View West Dayton
Juliet Fromholt / WYSO

Monday is the last day for Dayton-area residents to give feedback on a five-year plan for community development that addresses issues like safety and blight.

dayton redlining map
Home Owners Loan Corporation

“Redlining” is when banks in lots of U.S. cities refused to make loans or provide services in some neighborhoods—often low-income neighborhoods with high populations of immigrants and African Americans. The practice was officially ended in 1977, with a federal ban known as the Community Reinvestment Act that also encouraged banks to reinvest in poor areas.

Dwayne Bickham has worked at Bowman and Young Funeral Chapel since he was 17, in 1979.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The funeral or “death-care” industry brings in an estimated $20 billion a year in the U.S., but the industry is changing. There’s been a shift towards chain funeral homes, and more people are choosing cremation, and that has black-owned funeral homes particularly worried about staying above ground in Dayton and beyond.