SAPC Juneteenth Statement - June 19, 2021

Salem Avenue Peace Corridor, LLC, honors this-year's celebration of Juneteenth, for the first time celebrated as a national holiday.  We honor this milestone in freedom, and mark our continued commitment to achieve racial and social justice. 


  • Black lives matter!!
  • We recognize our Shared Destiny as fellow human beings, and all forms of justice must be built upon that premise.

We decry systemic inequities and injustice as barriers that disproportionately hurt people of color, and we call on everyone to join us to conduct the hard work, step by step:

  • Help our community to identify and eradicate systemic problems that disproportionately affect people of color.
  • Pledge to stay the course, until all of us achieve good health outcomes and academic achievement, receive fair policing and maintain low incarceration rates, and demonstrate inter-generational wealth accumulation.

We will continue to work for the following outcomes, focusing our efforts first in the Peace Corridor area:

  • Fair market values for all neighborhoods
  • The safety of our community and every individual living and working in the area
  • Parity in the availability of, and easy access to, healthy and affordable food, products and services desired by our neighbors  
  • The ability of families to build generational wealth through equitable housing investments and housing valuation

 We also support peaceful work to achieve justice – for people of color in particular – and to push for lasting, systemic changes that will end hurtful systems and practices. 

The mission of Salem Avenue Peace Corridor, LLC, is to establish Salem Avenue and adjacent neighborhoods as a Community of Peace – with Safety, Prosperity, and Quality of Life – based upon a recognition of our Shared Destiny. 

Kaitlin Schroeder recognized as Ohio's Best Business Writer

The Ohio Associated Press Media Editors [APME] announced the award to Kaitlin Schroeder as best business writer in the state on March 25th. 

-- This is amazing peer recognition for Kaitlin, honoring her world-class reporting for the Dayton Daily News!

-- We couldn't be prouder of Kaitlin's work -- including her leadership to create our SAPC monthly newsletter! 

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Read the Nov 26, 2018 article in the Dayton Daily News

Seeking Racial Equality

                                                      A Perspective Driven by SAPC Values:  Safety, Prosperity and Quality of Life  -- July 13, 2020

Over the past several months, we have watched our city and our nation rise to the call for justice and equality for every human life. The SAPC along with untold numbers of organizations and institutions have had their moral fiber tested by the deaths of so many black citizens, at the hands of racist police. We stand here today to acknowledge the good and fair officers of our police department; those who serve our communities with integrity, dignity and valor. We acknowledge their service but we also find ourselves challenging those officers to stand with us against prejudices wherever they exists, even within and among their rank and file. Serving our community is the oath you took and committed yourselves to. Those words and that commitment have no caveats, for gender, color, race, nationality, or for co-workers. Honor is not silent and knows no shame. 

The topic of Police reform, while important and certainly a step towards the dream of “ justice for all” seems to have become the focus of too many cities and jurisdictions as a means of addressing racial injustice. Surely, it is a single step, but let us not lose sight of the real issues we all must address. The urgent issue at hand is systemic racism across all of our policies and practices.

There are those who will say, “Take one issue at a time” or “How do you eat an elephant?” “One bite at a time”.  We say, we have claimed to have been eating that “elephant” for at least the past 200 years. The time is now to address injustice with the sense of urgency it demands.

We have looked at the five committees the Mayor has put in place to address police reform. We trust the team members were selected because:

  • They bring the needed complement of skills to the table to make the right changes happen
  • They represent a fair cross section of our community and the profession they are reforming
  • They come with no pre conceived conclusions that things are: “fine as they are”
  • They come because of their skills and not because of any alliance or allegiance to any elected official
  • They come prepared to put the time and energy required into this important task
  • They understand their charge should not be to establish reactionary responses to current practices but rather to develop proactive governance to policing:

                    -  How do we find and vet the right kinds of people?

                    -  How do we screen the current police force? 

                    -  How do we develop a police department that is racially representative of the community?

                    -  How do we ensure loyalty to the people they serve and not to some misguided brotherhood of officers?

                    -  If a “bad apple” gets in, how do we remove that liability as quickly as is humanly possible?

                    -  How do we ensure those “bad apples” aren’t allowed to police elsewhere?

                    -  How do we ensure police behavior is properly monitored, that the public is aware of any infractions and that corrective actions are

                        immediate and when appropriate, absolute?

We’re sure there are a multitude of other criteria that went into selecting the right team members. We’ll leave this topic where it is, for now.

Of equal and arguably even greater importance, we want to hold our elected officials accountable for working with us to address and establish solutions for systemic issues like:

  • A city that moved away from “Redlining” of property to one where realtors used the code word “Westside” as a means of letting buyers know certain areas have black residents.
  • A city that, over the past 50+ years concentrated 70%+ of its low income and subsidized housing into one section of the city, knowing that where there is no disposable income, there is little opportunity to bring investment, other than more subsidized housing. Our city’s poor come from all walks of life; supporting them and their housing needs should be spread across all sections of the city.
  • How do we focus as much energy and effort into sharing the wealth that has been shown “Downtown”?  We heard one of our city officials suggest “a healthy downtown makes for a healthy city”. We said then and we’re saying it again: Healthy neighborhoods make for a healthy city!
  • How do we reform city zoning codes (and review all codes, for that matter) to ensure the larger community has a say on what happens in their community?  A requested zoning change only requires that property owners within 250 feet of the proposed change needed to be notified of an important hearing. 250 feet is about five city lots, around the property in question. What about the remaining 1,000 households in the immediate area whose property may also be affected by the requested change?
  • How do we restructure the real estate industry to ensure appraisals reflect real value (similar spaces, features, age, quality, etc.) on a citywide basis rather than within a very small pocket that historically was redlined and even currently is coded as “Westside” or black?
  • What are we actually doing to ensure equal and fair employment opportunities and to ensure pay equity? All too often we say “We can’t find qualified minorities” We call BS. The facts show talent is available if we are serious about going after it!
  • How do we begin to address the gap in generational wealth?  According to the Federal Reserve, the average white household in the U.S. holds about 10 times the wealth of the average black household.
  • What are we going to do to foster redevelopment, retail, recreation, entertainment in urban deserts? The black community spends $1.3 Trillion dollars a year, based on a 2019 Nielson Report, on consumable goods. Why do we have to travel across town to spend our money? Those black dollars are essential to the success of Corporate America and the suburban communities where we spend our hard earned money. Black purchasing power has surged over the past three decades, rising from $320 billion to $1.3 trillion between 1990 and 2018, according to a 2019 Nielsen report. Buying power among Black people increased 114% from 2000 to 2018; among white people during that period, it rose 89%. Black households’ annual household expenditure totals $43,117 on average, the report said.
  • How can we focus on and reform our court systems so that punishment fits the crime and applies equally to everyone? Why is there such disparity in who goes to prison and the term of their sentence for the same/similar crimes?
  • What are we doing to ensure equal access to health care? We recently saw Good Sam Hospital torn down as we listened to Premier tell us there were too many beds in the Dayton region. To fix that problem, they tore down a principal facility in the black community with a high quality ER and maternity ward. Why did they not just properly plan or cease construction elsewhere?
  • How can we reform and provide quality education? The performance of DPS speaks for itself and we must find ways to better educate our young people AND we must ensure that Black History is taught with the same level of importance as any other American History.

This article only scratches the surface of what true reform means. If we are serious about change, let’s create a culture in City Government that demands a complete and unbiased review of “business as usual” and let’s ensure we engage both the community and impartial third party resources.

The Latest

Gem City Market Groundbreaking & Block Party on September 18, 2019 

300 - 400 Salem Avenue is the future home for the Gem City Market [GCM], Dayton's new full-service co-op grocery.   Join us at the corner of Salem and Superior Avenues for the Groundbreaking ceremony September 18th at 4 pm, community potluck dinner and Block Party lasting until 8 pm, including live performances.  

Salem Avenue Peace Corridor, LLC, is pleased to have sold the land at less than half the market value, to bring this grocery to Salem Avenue.    Read the latest at, and the Market's Facebook page.

October 2021 update on the property that formerly held Colonel White High School
-- SAPC pursues new  life for the site

Monthly update to Mount Vernon Neighbors regarding the Colonel White Property:

We have relisted the site with Ladona McKinney, now with Home Expert Realty.  The listing price for the property is now $125,000.00.  We hope that this price will generate greater interest and response. 

Finding an appropriate buyer and use for the property, sooner rather than later, will be in the community's best interest as the SAPC wishes to be consistent with its goal to reinvest sale proceeds in other Peace Corridor projects.

We'll keep you posted on any developments concerning the listing and other news.

In November, Bob Parks, SAPC Vice President, will send you the monthly CW Listing activity update and become the liaison between the MVNA and SAPC.  Bob looks forward to taking on this new role.  He'll do a great job as he's a great writer and communicator.

In the meantime, let me know if you have any questions or thoughts.

It's a good life, 

Jule B Rastikis

SAPC President

Fred Holley named Daytonian of the Week

September 18, 2019

    Read the impressive interview with highlights of Fred's contributions to our area and our fair City. 

          -- We are truly honored that Fred shares his time and passion as Vice President of Salem Avenue Peace Corridor, LLC!​

Resource Guide
Contacts for Services in Dayton Communities

  1.     Dayton Police – 937-333-COPS                                                                                                  12.  Vicious Dog, dog bites, excessive barking – 937-225-4357
  2.     Miami Valley Crime Stoppers – 937-222-STOP                                                                 13.  Dead Animal on Public Property – 937- 333-4800
  3.     Housing Inspection – 937-333-3977, including inoperative or                                 14.  Building Permit Information – 937-333-3883

           junked vehicles on private property, structure or yard                                                  15.  Commercial Zoning Issues – 937-333-3887

           maintenance, and residential zoning                                                                                         16.  Rodent Problems – 937-333-3977
  4.     Vacant Structure Problems – 937-333-3977, including overgrown                      17.  Unlicensed / Expired Plates –- 937-225-4357

           weeds or trash, and buildings open to vandalism                                                               18.  Inoperative / Junked Vehicles – 937-333-1058                    
  5.     Vacant Lots – 937-333-4800, including weeds or trash                                                19.  Recycling – 937-333-7678
  6.     Illegal Dumping – 937-333-3977                                                                                                20.  Tire Disposal – 937-225-4860
  7.     Trash Removal and Bulk Waste Pick-up – 937-333-4800                                           21.  Neighborhood Conflict – 937-333-2345
  8.     Abandoned Vehicles – 937-333-2677                                                                                     22.  Tenant/Landlord Conflict – 888-534-1432
  9.     Vehicle in street/alley/sidewalks – 937-333-1038                                                          23.   Landmarks Office – 937-333-4271, including application for
 10.  Animal Abuse – 937-898-4457                                                                                                               Certificate of Appropriateness (COA), and questions about
 11.  Animal Control/unlicensed/loose dog – 937-898-4457                                                          exterior work/repairs in Historic Districts

Former Longfellow School purchased for redevelopment

 Read about this exciting step toward the  redevelopment of the Longfellow School.  Congratulations to G.F. Bailey -- our                  community wishes you all the best as your team assembles financing for the mixed-use redevelopment of this grand landmark!


 View  Presentation or Video from the SAPC June 2018 Town Hall / Vision Session
Held at Grandview Medical Center, Dayton, OH

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