I had the grave misfortune of living in Dayton for about a year. EtHics are nearly non-existent in this town as are landlord-tenant laws and, evidently, employment laws. Perhaps, because of the economy. There is real unwillingness, almost a fear, to stand up for what is fair or right. People gouge and bill and misrepresent in ways that would be illegal in most states. Just politics and bobble heads.
And if back biters and gossipers could fly, this place would have it's own airport. Oh, wait it does! People here think nothing of sharing information, speculative or imagined, to a degree that can ruin lives and careers. And no one seems smart enough to be ashamed of these nearly transparent shenanigans.
I met one or two nice people. And found one nice coffee place. They were just too few and far between. There were attempts at supporting art and culture. Chain restaurants are plentiful, but pizza and take out Chinese are not really ethnic restaurants, in the truest sense.
Community: People lie, make secret deals, lie some more, trash each other, and no one is willing to do right things lest they be next. The vibe? It's a crappy, provincial, bitter, pedantic, ugly little town with all the charm of food poisoning. I wouldn't go there on a lost bet or at gun point. I'd rather be dead. In fact, If I were buried there I'd still try to move.
Dayton, OH had a chance at becoming a great historical city centered around being the birthplace of aviation. Unofortunately for Dayton things didn't turn out so well. Businesses left and they took the wealth with them. There are many abandoned homes and factories in Dayton and there is a crime problem mainly within the inner city and the west side. I've grown up here and have lived here my whole life.
The working middle class mainly lives in suburbs and only ventures into Dayton for work. There aren't many things to do downtown and I only go down there if I have a reason. Dayton has it's wealthy people that live in the far away suburbs such as beavercreek, centerville, kettering, yellow springs, and oakwood but other than those areas Dayton has very little to offer. Dayton has a generous amount of negroes, rednecks, arabs, muslims, and asians. I personally think that if you're not in the USAF or a college student then you really have no reason to live here other than to bask in the cheap rent of the crime infested downtown area.
The west side of Dayton is quite dangerous and has shootings on occasion. There are many restaraunts though. The food industry is not only diverse but also plentiful. Many different restaraunts and many different choices when it comes to food.
Dayton, Ohio is a town with many contrasts. I lived in the region around Dayton twice over a period of twenty years, and I always found many things to do and deplore about the Gem City.
Visiting Dayton's museums, attractions and cultural spots is wonderful. The Dayton Art Institute enjoys a national reputation and has booked some of the hottest touring exhibitions available. The Air Force Museum, which is near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is an aviation fan's delight. For children, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery has fascinating interactive exhibits and live native animals. Two good universities, the University of Dayton and Wright State University, are located in Dayton.
Dayton has its problems as a city, however. Most of the middle class people choose to live in the suburbs where the schools have better educational systems. Dayton City Schools are experiencing the type of low graduation rates with which many inner city schools struggle. West Dayton has dangerous neighborhoods that sensible people avoid at night. Sadly, Dayton is a better place to visit than to live.