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Did South Park Once Have a Branch Library?

17 Oct
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South Park Resident Larry Sizer has discovered photographs of what appears to be a South Park library branch. Here are interior and exterior views, with an NCR building in the background of the exterior view. Can anyone tell from the photos where these buildings were? Caption for interior photo: Interior of the South Park Delivery […]

Writer of Famous 1865 Letter Lived in South Park!

22 Feb
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An honest God-fearing man wanted to be paid for his labor. Did you see the story in the Dayton Daily News about escaped slaves Jordan and Amanda Anderson and their 1865 letter to their former “master”? Neighborhood historians Betsy & Galen Wilson tell us the family lived in our own South Park, on Burns Avenue! And […]

Memorial Day Walk in Woodland Cemetary with Historian Betsy Wilson

18 May
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Join South Park’s neighborhood historian, Betsy Wilson, for another chapter in the history of the original residents of South Park as we visit their resting places in Woodland Cemetary and Arboretum. Meet at Woodland’s front gate on Monday, May 30th at 10am. Traditionally, neighbors bring flowers from their gardens in remembrance of our “ancestors” so […]

Building a better South Park: The historic neighborhood’s unprecedented progress

06 Apr

[This essay appeared in the Dayton City Paper February 23, 2011] Everybody loves it when the good guys win. The story of the renewal of South Park, Dayton’s largest historic neighborhood, is inspiring in its transformation and instructive in its struggle against urban blight and all its ills. Once perceived as a place to be […]