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The Dayton Arcade: A Symbol Of Revitalization And Recovery

Dayton Arcade Interior, 2013
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The Arcade was a widely-celebrated achievement after its completion in the first decade of the 20th century; the structure is highlighted by a 90-foot diameter glass rotunda that many consider the most spectacular piece of architectural history in the Dayton region.

The managers of the Dayton Arcade are saying about a third of the available retail space in the iconic building has now been rented. The building is still on track to open in early 2021.

937 Payroll is just the latest business to lease space in the in the historic Dayton Arcade.

Vince Lewis is director of the University of Dayton’s L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. UD is one of the overseers of the Arcade project.

“It really is to me, a signal to the community in the city, and the region that this is really a vibrant and growing community, despite last nine months and dealing with the pandemic and all the challenges," he says. "This is really, really a bright spot.”

In addition to the businesses renting the space, there will also be student programs moving to the Arcade from UD and from Sinclair Community College.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.