Happy 175th Birthday, Toledo! Toledo was founded on this date in 1837. Happy birthday Toledo!
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Kinda surprised that there's nothing going on to celebrate.
To quote the Mayor "It is noteworthy, but until we can get our city back to where we should be. I don't think we should be doing any major celebration right now."
I bet Carty would be planning one helluva celebration for the 175th!
(But of course, he wouldn't invite the Marines)
slogan, Toledo Ohio - Union owned and operated for 175 years?
I'm surprised that the mayor just sloughed off the 175th anniversary of the city. Most places would be proud to celebrate such an anniversary.
It would have been a super opportunity to promote downtown activities, eateries etc. The Ohio Theatre renovation announcement could have been part of it also. The city dropped the ball all around on this one.
Lol, shamrock and Billy dead-on with their comments.
Gee, an opportunity for the Village People's motocycle mayor to ride through town in a parade passed by? I guess celebrating when the housing scandal is alive and well isn't good politics.
pretty sure the same Eeyores bemoaning the fact that we aren't having a celebration would be bemoaning the use of taxpayer dollars spent if we did have a celebration.
Not saying TTers specifically, and not saying I agree with not bringing any sort of attention or notoriety to such a big anniversary date, but really...there would have been a lot of angry people clucking their tongues at a party.
hey, being a critic is the easiest job in the world.
But, looking at the situation, it just seems decisions are made without thinking or being consistent. If the city is truly in the "money saving" mode, then everything should be looked at. Including trips to China for unnecessary/extra personel. Jumping into trying to spend money on downtown park. Moving people who aren't doing their jobs into another department instead of firing, etc.
I thoroughly get removing someone from their post if they aren't doing their job, but "creating" a position for them is almost as bad as keeping them in their original position.
we went to the glass city cafe for breakfast today, to celebrate toledo's birthday. I was talking to Steve the owner, and from the sounds of it, if he didn't make a couple of calls to the blade yesterday, they werent going to write ANYTHING about the birthday.
mayor bell aside, it's absurd that the blade didn't have a huge piece about the birthday. they did it for the 150th celebration, why not now?
well, ya know, upso, it takes away valuable space that is needed to report on the Seneca county courthouse. and dogs.
If this was really important Toledo'ans would have been posting commentary for months about the need for a celebration. As it stands I am guessing 98% of the city, like myself saw the headline, shrugged their shoulders and said "Well, look at that... 175 years" then clicked on another link to find other news.
Although, if you are going to have celebrations in Toledo it's probably best to have them in the winter when the shootings slow down a bit.
A group of folks went to Byblos last night to celebrate Toledo's birthday. (Because, you know, nothing says "Toledo" like Lebanese food!)
At the end of the meal, one of our party got up and invited the entire restaurant to sing Happy Birthday to the city -- and they did! One lady came up to us afterward and said her little boy was wondering if there would be cake.
Sadly, there was none. :(
Meh, I guess I never looked at 175 being significant, 100, 150, 200 sure, but whats the scale? Is every 25 years significant?
I remember the Blade talking up the sesquicentennial to death in 1987. It's the only reason I know that word.
Is every 25 years significant?
It seems like it is only until you get to 100 years...then not so much...the increments start spreading out. There wasn't much celebration in 2001 for the U.S.A.'s 225th birthday, was there? I'm betting the 250th birthday (July 4, 2026) will be pretty huge though...
Let's plan on being alive in 2037 for the 200th (bicentennial) celebration for Toledo. Party @ Grumpy's!
I think so.
Steve from the Glass City Cafe made a really good point to me on saturday. Toledo's 150th anniversary was celebrated enough that it peaked his interest and got him involved in studying and promoting Toledo history.
He feels like, if the 150th wasn't celebrated, he wouldn't today own a toledo-centric restaurant, and be involved with the Toledo History museum.
He may be just one man, but if an entire generation doesn't feel the need to celebrate... will anyone be interested in the 200th?
I've never been to the Glass City Cafe. Didn't realize there was a Toledo-centric restaurant around.
Is it worth a visit?
Glass City Cafe is great! Good breakfast food, which is all I've ever had there. Last spring they hosted the Forbidden Syrup Pancake breakfast: the city councilman who was told to stop making syrup from city-owned maple trees shared his brew.
Last year they used to hold a Bluegrass Breakfast with live music -- a nice opportunity to have live, family-friendly entertainment early in the day. Although the breakfast menu is the usual stuff (eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, pancakes etc.) the antique/vintage Toledo decor is really interesting!
They do live entertainment and have decent food with a great atmosphere. The walls and countertops are covered in toledo memorabilia. The owners are total sweethearts too
Like them on FB for the specials and music calendar: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glass-City-Cafe/108790645824194
I actually agree with Mike Bell on this. Not really that big of a deal to me.