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M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

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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M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

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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M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

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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M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

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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M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

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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M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

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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M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

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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M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

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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M.O. Mayor Leitzell

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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News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]

High expectations

Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest returns to Troy By Melissa Markham Photo: The Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Festival […]

Troy, unplugged

Fall Farm Festival at Lost Creek Reserve By Tammy Newsom Photo: Visitors take a wagon ride down Scarecrow Lane at […]

Law & Disorder: Blowing up our democracy

Lawmaking for sale By AJ Wagner Last week, I noted how Republicans won’t be formally approving President Barack Obama’s war […]

The bold and the beardless

A clean-shaven Matisyahu at Bogart’s By Alan Sculley Photo: Matisyahu will perform on Sept. 26 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati Aside […]

Advice goddess

By Amy Alkon   Doody-bound You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and […]