Downtown Dayton Adventure

One late evening a few weeks ago, Bud and I met my friend, Jim, in Dayton after work. Jim had informed me of an upcoming photography contest in Dayton and, on this particular evening, most of the businesses/office buildings would be leaving their lights on for night-time skyline photo opportunities.
For those of you who are not from Ohio, most of the bad things you hear on the news happens in Dayton. Whether the media means to do it or not, Dayton is portrayed as a scary, dangerous and intimidating place.
I never go to Dayton for anything; we might to the suburbs for something once in a while, but never anything downtown. Driving in big cities makes me nervous, all the one-way streets and huge buildings so close. Thankfully, Jim said we could park in front of his house, which was right off the highway and before all the road construction started (which is a never-ending process in this state). Jim was finishing up with supper at a local restaurant and would meet up with us later.
The levee was just a half block from his house; it was dusk, and Bud and I were standing on top of the levee while I snapped some photos. I could see RiverScape Metro Park from there and that some entertainment was going on. We did not feel comfortable walking around downtown by ourselves, so we were just going to walk as far as the levee would take us.  Just then, Jim spotted us from the road on his way home from supper. He took us on a wonderful tour of the Metro Park and a bit of downtown.
By the time we walked to RiverScape it was dark, but Jim was completely at ease, which made me (and I guess Bud too?) feel at ease as well. There was a Salsa band playing under the permanent tent at RiverScape; people were listening and dancing. Jim was pointing out photo ops for me and explaining the history of buildings. There were these cool reflecting pools at the Park and the Wright Flyer III Monument. I took several pictures of the skyline over the river with the lights reflecting on the water (I am entering one of them in the contest).
From there we walked into downtown and looked at the buildings. The old Biltmore Hotel appeared interesting from the outside; Jim told us it is now an apartment building for senior citizens. We passed the Schuster Performing Arts Center (the other photo I am entering in the contest) and it started to sprinkle a little, but we pressed on. There was this one building I was really drawn to that had these blueish accent lights on the outside. Jim explained this building was part of the RTA bus line headquarters and has a few names (current and historical). From what I have researched online, it is part of Wright Stop Plaza.
After Jim and I took a few shots of the Wright Stop Plaza Tower (as Bud looked on and carried my camera accessories, he is such a wonderful husband) it started to sprinkle again, so we decided to head back. It was about 10:30 pm by the time we got back to Jim’s house.
It was not scary at all, not that I am ready to take on a downtown Dayton adventure by myself.  But I would like to plan another get together with Jim some time, and maybe we can walk a little further into town; I think I would dig the Oregon Arts District.
I hope you all enjoy the photos from my Dayton adventure. I wish some of them had turned out better, but I am pretty happy with a few of them. I am not expecting big things in the contest either; I just would like the experience. Wish me luck, though!


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