A Sustainable Community
For many residents of St. Anne's Hill, choosing to live here
represents a commitment to what preservationist Thomas Hylton calls "saving our towns
and saving our lands." We see the effects of suburban sprawl in Dayton and
elsewhere. These include the destruction of farmlands, woodlands, and landscapes to make
way for unsightly highways, malls, and parking lots. This is particularly severe in the Dayton area
where, according to the Dayton Daily News, "suburbs consumed 118 percent more land
while adding just 22 percent more people, knocking down trees and corn stalks at a rate
one-third higher than the national average" between 1970 and 1990.
Suburban sprawl is the direct cause of the decline of vibrant urban
communities and services for people of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds. Ever widening
belts of speculative, sterile, disconnected, and automobile-dependent subdivisions with
costly yet poor public transportation and service infrastructures are also leading to a
decline of the quality of life within suburbs themselves. Living in St. Anne's Hill offers
an alternative to such unsustainable development.
St. Anne's Hill offers beautifully restored or restorable existing
housing stock within walking, biking, or short public transportation distance of most
businesses, cultural centers, higher education institutions, libraries, post office,
hospitals, religious institutions, recreational facilities, and nightlife in downtown
Dayton and other historical districts.
It provides an excellent view of the downtown Dayton skyline and is
adjacent to Bomberger Park, with playing fields, tennis courts, and a public swimming
pool. Along and behind the restored homes on its tree-lined streets are some of the finest
flower gardens in the city, which are showcased during the biennial garden tour.
Other community events include the biennial Christmas Tour and
monthly social events such as potlucks and porch, patio, and deck parties. Neighborhood
meetings are held monthly to share information on neighborhood issues and improvements.
Fourth of July celebrations, Oktoberfest at the Liederkranz German Club, and exhibits at
the Dayton Society for Artists and Sculptors Gallery on High Street can also be enjoyed
Residents of St. Anne's Hill can take pride in their choice to
support the restoration and revitalization of downtown Dayton and create an ecologically,
socially, and economically sustainable community.