Downtown streets are more than just streets – they are the canvas upon which the center city’s cultural life plays out. Since the launch of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, more than $52 million has been invested in transportation and infrastructure projects in the urban core. These projects have led to more welcoming gateways and pathways, better lighting, new murals, and an overall more vibrant environment for downtown visitors, residents, and employees. These investments are built on the City of Dayton Livable Streets policy passed in 2010. Where applicable, new construction projects now include features such as wider sidewalks, bike lanes and sharrows, street trees, street furniture, green space or landscaping, and accommodations for public transit users. The recently completed $2 million streetscape enhancement along the canal on Patterson Boulevard is great example of this policy in action. Another $73 million in transportation projects are funded for the Greater Downtown through 2019.

Additional investments have made downtown significantly more bicycle friendly than it was just a few years ago. More than 10 miles of new bicycle infrastructure has been added and 93 new bike racks provide cyclists ample locations to park their bikes while they patronize downtown businesses. These efforts have been important to establishing the feasibility of bike sharing in the Greater Downtown. The capital cost for a downtown bike share system is fully funded and will launch in 2015. Another $6.6 million of cycling projects are in the pipeline through 2018, which will continue to add bike infrastructure and help bike share users safely navigate downtown roadways.

Plan goals include:

  • Continue to create a transportation network for the Greater Downtown that serves the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit users, and motorists, and stimulates future development.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive signage and wayfinding system for the Greater Downtown.
  • Implement a Downtown Circulator by 2016.

 

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Downtown investment exceeds $1B this decade

Investments made or planned for downtown have surpassed the $1 billion mark since 2010, a milestone in the effort to re-energize the center city, and a benchmark that speaks to many projects yet to come.

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Stakeholders see downtown Dayton on the rise

Tuesday’s annual Downtown Dayton Special Improvement District meeting was an opportunity for downtown’s stakeholders, investors and champions to gather and view the progress that downtown has made, particularly since the beginning of 2015, and to set sights to the future

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Bike share program launches May 5

Dayton’s bike share program, called Link, will begin renting bicycles at its stations in and around the downtown area beginning next month.

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Bike Share Program Named, Will Debut This May

In May of 2015, Dayton will join the collection of more than 30 cities across the U.S. with bike share transportation systems. Link, Dayton’s bike share program, features more than 200 bikes at 24 strategically located stations.

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Downtown Dayton: City on the Move in 2015

2015 will be a year on the move for downtown Dayton. Here are a few highlights of what you can expect in your city as we travel through the new year:

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Bike Miami Valley names new executive director

Bike Miami Valley, the cycling advocacy group for the Dayton region, has selected a new executive director after reorganizing to run the region’s bike share program.

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Downtown Dayton turns a corner

Dayton has had a lot of huge wins in job creation and development in the region in 2014. But to see the smiles on the faces of some of the top regional leaders at Proto Build Bar at 534 E. … Continued

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Ambassador program continues to improve downtown

Downtown Dayton Ambassadors are now a familiar sight to anyone who spends time in downtown Dayton, and the program is being credited for helping the urban core compete for visitors, workers and residents.

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$36 million Downtown Project Moves Forward

The Dayton City Commission approved an amendment to the city’s zoning code that allows the proposed mixed-use Water Street Project to move forward. The project calls for new retail, residential and office space along downtown’s riverfront.

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Goodwill launches $11M campus project

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley’s purchase earlier this week of a former flag shop at 656 S. Main Street paves the way for the agency to launch its $11 million human services center project that neighbors and city officials say … Continued

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Family hopes sculpture donation will inspire others

A gift of a $55,000 sculpture is more than a memorial to the donor family’s ancestors, it is a celebration of the city’s past, a look toward its future and adds to the sense of place downtown.

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Canal walk to connect field, Oregon District

The city is using a $2 million state grant to extend Patterson Boulevard Canal Parkway four blocks as part of the long-range plans to connect downtown to nearby entertainment, education, health and research areas.