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The economic and social forces shaping Dayton, Ohio, a once booming city that now struggles to recover in the post-recession economy.


Shimon Dotan


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Episode credited cast:
Mark Bernstein Mark Bernstein ... Himself - Historian and author
Priyanka Boghani Priyanka Boghani ... Herself - Reporter
Joseph Bohbot Joseph Bohbot ... Himself - Narrator
Rodney Brickey Rodney Brickey ... Himself - Assistant Manager, Fuyao
Sarah Childress Sarah Childress ... Herself - Reporter
Cherish Cronmiller Cherish Cronmiller ... Herself - CEO, Miami Valley Comm. Action Partnership
Christopher Croom Christopher Croom ... Himself - Medical Director, Promise to Hope (as Christopher Croom M.D.)
Krys Davidson Krys Davidson ... Himself - Community Enterprises, St. Vincent de Paul
Rana Foroohar ... Herself - Associate Editor, Financial Times
Jacob Hacker Jacob Hacker ... Himself - Yale University (as Prof. Jacob S. Hacker)
Taylor Hardy Taylor Hardy ... Herself
Kent Harshbarger Kent Harshbarger ... Himself - Coroner, Montgomery County (as Kent Harshbarger M.D.)
Jeff Hoagland Jeff Hoagland ... Himself - Pres., Dayton Development Coalition
Josh Hunter Josh Hunter ... Himself
Sunnie Lain Sunnie Lain ... Herself - Director of Outreach, St. Vincent de Paul


The economic and social forces shaping Dayton, Ohio, a once booming city that now struggles to recover in the post-recession economy.

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11 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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Dayton, Ohio, USA

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Dayton as an example of crumbling USA cities.
22 December 2018 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

This was broadcast on TV in September, by December I had managed to get this on DVD from my public library.

The city of Dayton Ohio is examined as an example of what can and is happening to certain USA cities. Once a center of innovation and manufacturing, over the past few decades certain companies have deserted Dayton, once high wages fell to near the poverty level with the replacement jobs. Whole neighborhoods were abandoned and later bought up at cents on the dollar by foreign investors. A full 1/3 of the people of Dayton live below the poverty level established by the government.

Part of the problem were the unions which negotiated for higher and higher wages and benefits until companies decided to move to another area. Part of it is just tied to the free enterprise system, companies do what they need to do to insure continued growth and profits.

For many of us who have been here for a long time we see the country headed for a disaster. While taxes are being cut for the rich and the corporations, city and transportation infrastructure, in grave need of repair and refurbishment, are mostly being neglected. The country is on a collision course with collapse.

Not all cities are suffering, many are thriving, but can we afford to keep letting cities like Dayton to suffer the type of fate it has?

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