Dayton Under Construction

Dayton Under Construction

Sunday night, holed up in the Tumbleweed, waiting for the late-spring blizzard-of-’13 that wasn’t. A ratty stuffed coyote yawns above me, next to a raven and a bighorn sheep wearing mardi gras beads, and another coyote. Across the horseshoe bar…

Dayton in Decline

Dayton in Decline

Stretching more than a half mile north-to-south between railroad tracks and the Springboro Pike is an empty asphalted lot, striped with thousands of parking spots. Each is painted with an alphanumeric designation and arranged into zones named after states that…

Perry County in the Dark

The darkness presses down on what light pools around the incandescent bulb above the door at Mastracchio’s east. The restaurant occupies a cramped drop-ceilinged and fake wood-paneled basement room; daily specials are on a chalkboard tacked to a support pillar…

Dayton, From Above

Dayton, From Above

I’m standing on the deserted fifth deck of the parking garage at the Dayton Transportation Center. Offset-stacked levels step down toward the tangled intersection at Fifth and St Clair, where Patterson Blvd cuts a winding bias against the downtown grid,…