According to Jack Ford, it's about water and white people.
Ford said in 2006 :
Current office holders say it is the loss of jobs and poor schools that drive folks away from Toledo. I disagree. I say the main culprit is H2O. These agreements allowed areas to take virgin farmland, water it and transform it into retail and residential centers. Since someone working in downtown Toledo can opt to move to Bedford Township and still have only a 15-minute communte down Jackman Rd, why not? It's greener, it appears newer and we think it is safer. And, for those of us who really are honest, it's whiter! Toledo will die a slow death unless we figure out how to change the outline of [our] government structure.
Ford said in 2007 :
We have seen several stories on population decline. Again our die was cast in the 1960’s when we sold Toledo water too cheaply to points north, west and south of Toledo. Nor did we engage in a program of aggressive annexation. Recently a report made it appear as if housing in Toledo is on the increase. No, no, no. Figures lie and liars can figure. The increase in housing inside of Toledo is almost totally in black and low-income neighborhoods. We need more white folks with middle-class paychecks.
With that kind of intellectual insight, I'm glad Jack 'Scribbles' Ford is a member of the Toledo Public School Board.
Moving on to our favorite natural disaster, Carty. The fact that an uncouth individual got elected to a third term as Toledo mayor shows how ass-backwards Toledo can be at times.
When Toledo's estimated population number was released last summer, Carty dismissed the story by saying :
I'm not surprised and I'm not upset. I would think eventually we would wind up around, oh, I would say around 240,000 to 275,000, would be my guess. I don't think it's the number. I think it's the quality that you offer in a city - a combination of things from jobs, to neighborhoods, cultural activities, and sport activities, art activities.
Here's a guess. A city with a declining population probably indicates poor job opportunities and other problems along with too many taxes that fund fluff projects like cultural activities and sports. Toledo/Lucas County has had 15 to 20 years to adjust to the changing economy.
But Ben Konop has the answer :
"We need a new New Deal in Lucas County," he said, referring to President Franklin Roosevelt’s social programs in the 1930s.