Downtown Dayton

In 2019, the Dayton Dragons' season attendance was well over a half million, making them one of downtown's biggest draws.
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Minor League Baseball has been cancelled for 2020, putting teams like the Toledo Mudhens, Columbus Clippers, and Akron Rubber Ducks in a tough position. And in downtown Dayton, the community is bracing itself. Without Dragons’ baseball, the local economy is about to lose millions of dollars.

Minor league baseball has become a major part of the fabric of downtown Dayton.

Protesters began to gather at the front of Dayton's Federal Building around 11:30 a.m., filling the lawn and sidewalk areas.
Leila Goldstein / WYSO

A peaceful protest turned into a skirmish with police officers in downtown Dayton, as hundreds gathered to protest the death of George Floyd.

Around 400 people gathered midday Saturday to protest police violence against Black people. Floyd died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd down with his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.

Thousands of restaurant and nightlife workers are struggling amid the pandemic, and many are still waiting for state and federal financial assistance checks.
Ohio Restaurant Association

As the state prepares to reopen restaurants, some bars and retail establishments, some business owners are wondering what the future holds. Small businesses that rely on foot traffic are especially hard-hit in the coronavirus non-essential businesses shutdown.

To survive, many have experimented with new business models. Now, some Dayton entrepreneurs say they hope their customers will feel safe enough to return when their doors finally reopen.

Gov. Mike DeWine is allowing retail stores to reopen May 12.

Roughly 200 people rallied in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump in Dayton Tuesday.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Roughly 200 people rallied in front of Republican Congressman Mike Turner’s office Tuesday in downtown Dayton in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump.

A coalition of Dayton anti-Trump groups organized the protest to coincide with similar so-called “Nobody Is Above the Law” rallies held in cities across the United States ahead of Wednesday’s expected House vote on impeachment.

Here’s what some protesters at the gathering had to say.

Dayton, Ohio, is a city that is used to getting knocked flat on its back.

Downtown Dayton's Grande Illumintation kicks off the holiday season.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

On Friday night, the City of Dayton held their 47th Annual Grande Illumination Christmas tree lighting and Children’s Parade.

Thousands of spectators gathered on Courthouse Square and the surrounding streets to kick off the Christmas holiday season.

The popular event included a “live reindeer display, musical entertainment, games, holiday crafts, and horse-drawn wagon rides.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, city and county commissioners and other community leaders were on hand for the ceremony.

The Asylum dance club in downtown Dayton
courtesy of Matt Freeman

Open from the mid-1990's until 2005, The Asylum was one of Dayton's biggest dance clubs and home to a community of regulars.  Today, those regulars and many newcomers celerbate the spirit and community surrounding the Asylum at an annual reunion dance party.  DJ and organizer Matt Freeman joined Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt in the WYSO studios for a preview of the event.

Dayton Strong memorial in front of Ned Peppers bar in the Oregon District.
April Laissle / WYSO

Dayton leaders are having initial discussions about erecting a permanent memorial to those who lost their lives in the Oregon District mass shooting on August 4. 

At a press conference earlier this week, Mayor Nan Whaley said the city plans to invite Oregon District business leaders, victims advocates, and other community members to form a committee focused on establishing a public display honoring the victims. 

Dayton Police Lt. Paul Saunders shares new video evidence in the August 4 mass shooting.
City of Dayton

New details are emerging about the investigation into the August 4 Oregon District mass shooting that left nine people dead.

At a press conference, police shared surveillance video from area businesses pinpointing the gunman’s movements leading up to the attack.

Officials say the Dayton gunman spent time with his sibling and a friend at Blind Bob’s before heading to Ned Pepper’s bar alone. Police Chief Richard Biehl says it’s likely the gunman was casing the bar.

Oregon District residents and regulars gather at Lily's Bistro, just hours after the mass shooting, to raise money for a waitress who was shot and in emergency surgery. Outside, fire and police are still cleaning the streets.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Just hours after the mass shooting that killed nine and injured dozens more, Emily Mendenhall decided to throw a fundraiser. Not some time off in the future. But right then and there.

Mendenhall is from a restaurant family that owns multiple businesses on 5th Street, where the shooting occurred. She runs Lily’s Bistro. Her brother runs Blind Bob’s, and one of the waitresses who works at Blind Bob’s, Alayna Young, was shot.