I read bout this in Urban Ohio, which remains the premier site for Ohio urban geeks. A bloggers conference for urban bloggers 40 and under, from the Great Lakes area. Part of a brand new networking thing called the Great Lakes Urban Exchange (GLUE).
Put together by two Ivy Leaguers who returned home to the region it apparently has some high powered foundation & think tank support.
I appreciate their mission statement
GLUE first principles:
Urbanism: Cities are our world’s economic drivers. Decision makers cannot afford to underestimate their value or overlook their needs.
Regionalism: Great Lakes urban centers need to overcome feelings of despair and isolation by forging a shared perspective and developing strength in numbers.
Storytelling: White papers alone cannot move an agenda forward, particularly when it comes to young people. No need is expressed more powerfully than via a human narrative.
Building Networks: Establishing linkages and conversations around issues and between cities is the “glue” of our mission: fostering urbanism, regionalism, and quality storytelling.And one has to really really like their blogroll, which connects one to urbanist blogs for cities throughout the region (GLUE is far afield...as far south as Louisville and west as the Twin Cities & St Louis and as far east as Pittsburgh and Rochester)
Unfortunatly Dayton is not part of this community or network.
Youngstown is, and boy is it.
GLUE links to I Will Shout Youngstown, which is a blog about "economic development and urban design" (sounds familiar?)
But whats great about it is that it links to a local blog community posting on various aspects of Youngstown (not the usual political stuff ). Yer humble host was surpised and pleased to see so much online from this famously shrinking city!
Being a history buff I particularly liked this site: Youngstown Steel Heritage Preservation (the blog of a grassroots campaign to save some mill machinery)
...the blog also features industrial heritage sites outside of Youngstown.
Urbanist blogs like the ones from Youngstown and especially the ones at GLUE were in part the inspiration for Daytonolgy, that I didn't see much of this online for Dayton and decided to try my hand at it as an experiment.