I recently posted in a discussion at the FlexRadio System community my thoughts, which I will share here. Reports are that attendance is off and importantly those hams who spend significant dollars are doing other events rather than Dayton.
The DARA or the HARA appear to have posted a sketch of what the updated HARA Center might someday look like, but that doesn’t correct the rest of the city.
Here is what I posted:
The “laws of the market place” are taking care of the Dayton as a hell-hole problem.
I planned Dayton 2015 as a favor to a dear friend and to visit relatives near Dayton, but had to cancel for “Eldercare” reasons a few days before – and couldn’t be happier!
For 2016 I’m planning one of the other events – debating between Hamcation and Ham-Com.
I have no intention of paying over the odds to stay in one of Dayton’s flea-bitten hotels.
I have no intention in dining out in Dayton where armed guards often are needed as bouncers.
I have no intention parking 20 minutes away in Dayton’s otherwise abandoned parking lot.
I have no intention spending the days in Dayton’s so-call exhibition center that isn’t fit for showing livestock.
Maybe People will change my mind, but Dayton as a destination is not someplace I’d regularly go unless I was being paid to do so.
Just a couple hours west to Indy would be an awesome move – the trade shows I’ve attended there were matched with enough quality to be a consideration.
A person has only so much time, so much money, and so much luck – Dayton doesn’t seem to be a decent return on the time, the money and the risks of hanging out in a dying example of urban decay simply are not worth it.
A recent article in the Economist talked about the issues of dying/shrinking cities, and to paraphrase said there is no reason to give CPR to road kill. Tear it down and return it to nature. The Hara and Dayton are doomed.