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Young Professional Enjoys Convenient Lifestyle Made Possible by Downtown Living


The many years of visiting downtown for the Dayton Holiday Festival created a vision in young Erica Bruton’s mind: She saw herself living downtown one day.

Bruton’s vision became a reality when she moved downtown in 2007 to The Landing Apartments on Monument Avenue, a decision she has never regretted. She loves its eclectic atmosphere and the fact her home has historical significance, as it was the old YMCA building.

“The Landing offers a culturally diverse community, and I have been able to meet people from all walks of life,” Bruton said.

Bruton explained the many benefits to living and working downtown. She enjoys stepping outside The Landing and being within walking distance of a wide variety of downtown’s amenities and activities, such as festivals, RiverScape MetroPark, the Oregon Arts District, the Dayton Art Institute and the paved trails along the Great Miami River, where she walks her dog with friends. Also, she is close to her office at City Hall, where she works as a legislative aide.

“Everything is so convenient and accessible when you live in the heart of it all,” she said.
Living and working downtown has given Bruton an opportunity to take advantage of all of the center city’s attractions. She loves the Victoria Theatre Association’s Broadway Series, which brings in such big-name shows as The Lion King.

Bruton also enjoys shopping for fresh produce every Saturday morning at the PNC 2nd Street Market. The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is her favorite downtown “hidden gem.” She took classes as girl with the company and still views it as a talented dancing group.

Indeed, DCDC is part of Bruton’s favorite downtown memory.

“When I was very young, I took dance classes at Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Jeraldyne’s School of Dance,” she said. “One year for our season finale, we got to perform at Courthouse Square. I remember being so nervous about it, but I really enjoyed the experience.”

Bruton applauds the improvements she has noticed downtown during the past few years. “The Landing has a waiting list now, which shows that many people are anxious to move down here.”
Bruton believes such events as First Friday, the Dayton Holiday Festival and Urban Nights show people downtown is a safe and fun place to be. Also, the opportunities that will be presented by such companies as GE Aviation and Premier Health Partners expanding in Dayton will entice a lot of people to stay.

“There are too many colleges in this area for young graduates and professionals not to stay in the city,” Bruton said.

The convenience, diversity and accessibility of downtown offerings make it a great home, workplace and playground for Bruton. A typical Saturday night could lead her to her favorite restaurant, SideBar; to see an intellectual film at The Neon; or to one of the many coffee shops to chat with a friend.

“When you live and work downtown, each day and night is open to the possibility of something exciting,” she said. “This makes the downtown lifestyle so great.”