The Faces of Dayton

Photos by: Bill Franz and Andrew Thompson

Take a walk around downtown Dayton. History seems to be everywhere, but so too does the air of possible futures. Without a doubt, Dayton is running headlong into a new era where its storied past meets waves of new ideas emerging around every corner. The character of the city continues to evolve. Families that have lived in Dayton for generations mingle with those that have just arrived from around the world, all seeking to make their fortunes here.

In many ways, Dayton combines the cosmopolitan attitude of cities many times its size with an irrepressible Midwestern small-town charm. The city’s ambition seems to have always transcended the space, nestled at the junction of five rivers. Our innovations changed the world, but Dayton remains a decidedly humble place. Walking through the city during the summer’s nearly continuous festival cycle, the rush of the city coming alive is palpable. As if almost by sheer will, those that have returned to the urban core continue to push past the decay of the past, eager to generate a new life for Dayton.

These images represent a series of snapshots taken around the city, at various times of day, in various seasons. On any given day, you too could create a personalized version of how you see Dayton, the images that hints at its vibrant personality. What do you see when you look at the many faces of Dayton?

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