How UpDayton Has Changed Dayton

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Time flies when you’re having fun, right? We at UpDayton have been having so much fun transforming the Gem City into our ideal place to live, work and play, that our tenth birthday seemed to sneak up on us. Dayton was a very different city ten years ago, consisting of one-way streets downtown, orange barrels on I-75 and a skyline that didn’t feature any luxury apartments. In the past ten years Dayton has been reinventing itself, and UpDayton has had a hand in affecting positive change as well. Let’s take a look at some changes Dayton has gone through, and some UpDayton projects that happened alongside them.

During the early-to-mid 10s, Dayton was slowly becoming a more bicycle friendly city. Plenty of two lane roads were being reconstructed to feature one driving lane and one bicycle lane for cyclists who wanted go beyond biking the trails. In 2015, $1 million was invested to create the Link bike program that placed more than 200 bicycles within a four mile radius of Courthouse Square. With the city strongly promoting an active lifestyle, it didn’t take long for UpDayton to contribute to the bicycling wave. One of the winning projects from the 2015 Summit, Bike Racks on Brown, sought to place bike racks near local businesses and neighborhoods near Brown Street. A $10,000 grant from Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County later enable the purchase of 71 bike racks for citywide use.

The election of 2012 brought significant change to the Dayton Metro Library network when more than 60% of Montgomery County voters supported their $187 million renovation plan. This plan sought to makeover the existing facilities and modernize them for the 21st century. Dayton Metro Library recognized that their patron’s needs and expectations were rapidly changing and they hoped this transformation would keep patrons engaged. Also in 2012, the winning Summit project, Diversity in Action, partnered with Dayton Metro Library to create four bilingual ‘Take It and Read It’ stations in the various immigrant communities of Dayton. The goal of this project is to provide the Gem City’s diverse immigrant population with better access to literary resources. To sustain the efforts of the Diversity in Action project into the future, Dayton Metro Library will continue to extend outreach services for funding and replenishment of foreign language books for its shelves.

As you can see, while Dayton is constantly evolving, UpDayton will always be in the mix to supplement the changes. Through the power of volunteer work, the city is able to accomplish its goals and we at UpDayton are able to fulfill our mission of making a better city to live, work and play.

Be sure to register now for the Summit X and see the next wave of projects that’ll be benefiting Dayton! It all takes place at the Dayton Art Institute on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 5:30pm.

By: Joe Swann