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M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

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A final word and a look back  By Gary D. Leitzell Photo: Volunteers Norm, Joseph and David and recent Rwandan immigrant Theopene work on renovations at La Casa on Holt Street; Photo: David Leach Editor’s Note: Over the past four years, Mayor Gary Leitzell penned a bi-monthly column for the Dayton City Paper, addressing various issues […]

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The little things that make a big difference By Gary D. Leitzell   Soon after being elected in 2009, I was asked by several people what big thing I was going to do to “save” Dayton. I had just inherited a nightmare. Businesses were leaving. The mortgage foreclosure crisis was hitting hard and we were […]

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Why risk Dayton?  By Gary Leitzell   Photo: “Media outlets like the Dayton City Paper took the lead and promoted the positive aspects of the area …” -Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell; photo: Bill Franz One of the greatest misconceptions in the region is that downtown Dayton is not a safe place to visit. There are still some […]

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Be careful what you wish for By Gary Leitzell Photo: Mayor Gary Leitzell talking with supporters during his victorious 2009 campaign for Dayton mayor  “Be careful what you wish for,” I was told just four years ago when I ran for mayor of Dayton. It was an interesting statement, because my mission at the time was […]

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The function of Dayton’s government By Gary Leitzell Photo: Dayton City Hall: “A commission that is not swayed by a national agenda or distracted by what the other side is doing will always work in the best interests of the citizens.” – Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell This is an election year for three members of the […]

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The Dayton Renaissance By  Gary D. Leitzell Last October, I wrote an article in the Dayton City Paper about 63 things that have happened since the start of 2010. That list has already grown by another 15 items, but I want to take a moment to list some other facts that are not well known. It […]

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Dayton: Still safer than you’re led to believe  by Mayor Gary D. Leitzell Last year I wrote an article about how safe downtown Dayton really is. As we close 2012, I want to reiterate the fact that crime is down in Dayton as a whole. When I ran for office in 2009, one of the […]

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63 Things To Be Happy About In Dayton by Mayor Gary D. Leitzell A while back, a citizen came to me with a complaint: “There’s too much to do in Dayton.” I reassured the man this was a good problem to have. There is so much activity going on in Dayton these days – culturally, […]

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Street Art – Erase it or embrace it? By Mayor Gary D. Leitzell   Graffiti has been around in one form or another for thousands of years. Walls in Pompeii have such slogans as “Lucius pinxit” carved into them, which translates “Lucius painted this.” For many, graffiti has been a way to demonstrate immortality since […]

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Knock Knock, Anybody Home?

Solving Dayton’s empty property dilemma By Gary Leitzell Most of us who live in Dayton have a vacant house or two close to us. I see the houses behind my home that have been derelict for 10 years. There’s the house at the end of my block that was the victim of an arson fire […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]