Probably like many people in many areas of the USA, I get sick and tired of being sick and tired about the Disney-esque way that my local world is presented by our local corporate media wizards, or the hordes of bad PR agents working to sell the fantasy viewpoint that EVERYTHING IS JUST FINE AND DANDY in our Grand City of Dayton, Ohio.

Friday, January 02, 2009

New Year, New Photos from the Streets of Dayton, Ohio USA

Looks like this old corner bar/grocery/social
club is up for sale in Old North Dayton.

The corner of Hart and Grove is a spiritual place
on a quiet cold afternoon, with churches in every direction.

Fixed up, this old beauty on Drummer street would fetch a million
smackers easy in Boston or San Francisco. In Dayton, you can get it for probably 30 k.

Another home on Drummer awaits the end of
bureaucratic entanglement and hopefully one day,
a new caring tenant.

Gene's Truck Glass on East Fifth Street likely
does a roaring business with the proliferation
of junkies on the lower East side who will bust a
car window in a New York second to snatch a 50-cent
cd or three that might fetch some extra cheddah'
at Second Time Around.

At the Fifth Street Diner just on the other side of the railroad
tracks from where Hamilton runs into Fifth Street, they got
Pizza and Hoagies. Decent little joint if you want old school
East side greasy spoon.

I wonder if everyone knew that they could make
handy shelving units out of the pieces of old
dresser drawers, would they still throw them away?

Great business concept. Put out bins for shoes and clothes,
and sell them. You pay nothing, zilch, for your product. Sweet.

Spanish groceries are a newly thriving
mom and pop industry in East Dayton. This one
is on East Third near Huffman.

Anthony Arms Apartments has still got
the lights on.

Puta. Somebody tagged this old glorious mansion
with Puta. That is funny and sad in so many ways all at once.

Genuine Auto Parts on East Third sits next to what is apparently the Sandford and Son house rental business, judgingfrom the ghetto-ass fontagraphy employed by the signmakers. The plywood boards behind the glass give potential customers even more confidence that they'll be getting a great rental home.

Don't really know much about this business
on East Third. Seems operational, but I don't
know what goes on inside. Somebody fill me in.

This old grocery store on East Third near Huffman seems
like it's been closed down and for sale before Tony Tubbs was
was heavyweight champion.

Old print shop building (and it's a cool little doozie)
awaits a new owner and day on East Third Street
near Keowee.


City Squirrel said...

Glad to see your still snappin pics of D8N.

Keep on Keepin' On...

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

I love your site. I live off of Xenia Avenue, near Linden. I'm all over Dayton and it's cool to see so many pics that represent the uniqueness of our city.


Teri Lussier said...

The only home to sell on Drummer, through a realtor anyway, for the entire year '08, was a little bungalow that sold for $7,000.

There are some diamonds in the rough in Dayton- sweet deal for the right person.

qcevo said...

It's sad to see those old beautiful homes in such disrepair. I wuld have loved to see them in their heyday.
Thanks for sharing the photos. I look forward to your peeks at Dayton.

Empress Emily said...

It's really kind of sad to see the city going down like this. All of the once beautiful homes are now vacant boarded up houses.

I wish the city could make a comeback.

Based on your comments, I can see Dayton pride is still going strong. We've got to swallow it and face the fact that Dayton is heading down the wrong path before any real fixing up starts.

Kelly said...

I live on Wyoming and every time I take a walk I see perfectly usable stuff thrown out for trash. It makes me sick. I'll walk past a car with a carseat that is literally just a shell held together with duct tape and on the next block there will be a nearly new seat just thrown out in the alley.

ForcedFab said...

If enough people began living in the inner ring and caring about Dayton it might be possible to begin turning it around. small clothing boutiques or other specialty stores could flourish in poverty ridden areas where getting to malls and shopping centers is almost impossible with out cars.

that house on E third with puta written on the front, does anyone have an idea who owns it? or who i would have to talk to about purchasing it? i have had dreams about fixing that place up and living there. I own a business at the front street complex and it would be nice to walk to work every day.

the city should take their list of abandon properties and make them more accessible to buyers and rehabbers. I haven't the slightest clue to where to start. i've considered buying one of the many abandon houses that are huge and scattered throughout dayton. The only problem is what little time i have after running my business is after hours for the corporate world.


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