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Dayton West Side:

The Real Dayton Neighborhoods

With only 140,000 residents and less than half living in the black community on Dayton West Side, the small Ohio city of Dayton has a story that has not been truly told.

A working-class city with an average income of $17,400, Dayton is only an hour away from larger cities of Indianapolis, Columbus and Cincinnati.

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The story of the Dayton Ohio black population and the true Dayton history within its African-American community begins on Dayton West Side starting around the old historic 5th Street.

Many people helped build this area into a section strictly for the Dayton Ohio black population as black families relocated into Dayton neighborhoods for better living conditions compared to southern communities that many came from.

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Desoto Bass

Eventually, many families began to move from the 5th Street district area and began to live in the DeSoto Bass projects.

This was followed by people moving into areas like Dayton View and Westwood Dayton neighborhoods, continuing into other areas of Dayton West Side like Townview or Five Oaks as the city was steadily growing.

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Dayton View

With the city being mostly divided with one racial group strictly claiming one side and the other living on the other side of town, the West Side eventually became the main community for African-Americans in the city.

Dayton West Side is an area that most people would like to forget about as the streets of the Dayton Ohio hoods have caused many victims over the years through violence and incarceration.

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Midwest cities all over the country were affected throughout the late 1980s and 1990s by the introduction of drugs and gangs with the city of Dayton being no different as many of these problems and issues continued into the 2000s in the Dayton Ohio hoods.

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*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research.  Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.