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Spring 2021


Dayton, Ohio is a city currently in transition; once a technological and business hub, Dayton has gradually lost private businesses and with business left jobs, one of the most recent hits being the closure of the General Motors plant just south of the city. Over the past couple of years, a cultural renaissance has emerged within the city, with thriving bar districts and countless commercial buildings becoming residential apartment and mixed use complexes. The city is now at historically low commercial vacancy rates, however, many of the scars of fleeing residents and private businesses still remain. This urban resurgence has become centralized and has not made its way outside of the urban center. Residential vacancies are plentiful outside of the urban center, with estimates of over 5,000 vacant and abandoned properties. These vacancies have been shown to impact the health of community residents, increase crime rates, and reduce civic engagement. Through a federal jobs guarantee, public laborers can be tasked with a variety of jobs for a variety of skill sets, in cooperation with the private sector, to renovate buildings when possible, and demolish buildings when necessary. This project will provide meaningful work for those who seek it, while providing societal benefits to communities most affected by urban flight.

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Student Papers in Local and Global Regional Economies