When we heard about the closing of Good Samaritan Hospital, long a medical institution that has served western Montgomery County and the surrounding communities, we were saddened. Add on the possible closing of multiple public schools in west Dayton, the closing of Aldi, one of few grocery stores in the area – we at Gem City Podcast got alarmed. What is happening in this area of our community to drive even further disinvestment? How did this start, and what, if anything, can be done about it?
We invited community leaders to come speak with us about these changes, and lucky for us, they were available at short notice to come have what call a “community conversation” with host Libby Ballengee. Joining her is Mary McDonald, the Mayor of Trotwood, Amaha Sellassie, Director for Center of Applied Social Issues at Sinclair Community College, and Scott Sliver, Associate Pastor/Worship Leader at The Vineyard, A pretty good church and Executive Committee at Dayton Unit NAACP.
This episode is a frank and long overdue conversation about the historic practice of redlining, the practice of denying services, either directly or through selectively raising prices, to residents of certain areas based on the racial or ethnic composition of those areas. A lot of people don’t realize this was actively practiced in Dayton, causing considerable less opportunity for development in west Dayton. What we have now is the result of years of compounding effect, and the wounds those have caused. So often we don’t hear from the people living in this community, so we were happy to give them this opportunity.
We hope you learn from this episode, and hope to continue more conversations like this!
For more information regarding topics we discussed, visit:
Register to Vote: https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/voters/register/
League of Women Voter’s: http://www.lwvohio.org/ (learn about issues)
City of Trotwood: https://www.trotwood.org/
West Dayton Fights Infant Mortality Rates: http://wyso.org/post/west-dayton-fights-high-infant-mortality-rates-baby-showers-baby-boxes
Victory Project: http://www.victoryproject.org/