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Urban Community Gardens

Community gardens are popping up all over Dayton and for good reasons! Many of our urban neighbors don’t have enough room to do the type of gardening that they’d like to. Community gardens provide a wonderful opportunity for the neighborhood to come together as a community.  Gardening together offers unlimited opportunities to meet neighbors, network and socialize. The importance of eating local, organic and sustainable foods has been the focus of many books, articles and movies. The urban farming trend is an important way of putting vacant lots to use. The empty lot at the corner of 6th and Brown street would make a wonderful Oregon District Community Garden. The location though not central, is prominent and close to the restaurants on 5th street. Opening the garden to participation from the Oregon District restaurants would provide a great opportunity to link the Oregon District neighborhood community with the business community in a positive way. Chefs would be able to feature ingredients grown in the Oregon District on their menus. Other projects such as bee keeping and composting could be added in safe and attractive ways, further promoting these important sustainable urban projects.  This project will also enhance the Oregon District property values.  When  someone is considering purchasing a home with little or no yard they may be swayed by the presence of a community garden.

Urban Garden

Come back Pecha Kucha Dayton!

Where has Pecha Kucha Dayton gone!?  I wanted to get there for the last one in August but the stars just didn’t align for me. Why hasn’t there been another one all ready? How come there isn’t any news about the next one? Wasn’t it as awesome as it seems like it might have been?

Pecha Kucha Night

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace. www.pechakucha.org

Wouldn’t it be delightful if Dayton had it’s own Design Window Challenge?

Eddie Ross Window

Photo by Eddie Ross

Bloomingdales just completed their annual Big Window Challenge and Eddie Ross is victorious!  It would be great to showcase some of our own design talent in this way!?

Which downtown building do you think would be the best venue?