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Rough around the edges

Ok, the premise of this thread is a little ridiculous.

My friend from LA will be passing through Toledo next week and he'd really like to see the rough around the edges parts of our Rustbelt city. Think "Ruin Porn" in regards to cool old buildings that are falling apart...

Where would you send my friend, if he wanted to see the worst of the worst of Toledo. Econcat, where you at?

Right now I'm thinking parts of North Toledo might be interesting.... as well spots like the Willow cemetery on the east side: http://enjoyingtoledo.com/2012/03/willow-cemetery/

created by upso on Jul 14, 2016 at 01:06:25 pm     Comments: 21

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If he wants to see the hood take him down around Techumseh street:) Aren't there a couple closed factories by the old DeVilbis plant, there is the old Champion plant, Northtowne Mall.

posted by jamesteroh on Jul 14, 2016 at 01:18:51 pm     #  

Rosemary Apts building............

posted by Foodie on Jul 14, 2016 at 01:44:23 pm     #   1 person liked this

Sounds like a cool friend upso. Dont waste time seeing hensville, flower pots, bike racks and murals, because far more interesting things exsist throughout the city.

posted by EconCat88 on Jul 14, 2016 at 02:18:01 pm     #  

Theres plenty to see within a range of a few blocks to a few miles of your doorsteps. Too many highlights to only choose one.

posted by EconCat88 on Jul 14, 2016 at 02:20:42 pm     #  

If you haven't been to UT's Scott Park campus recently you may want to put it on the list. There are still some departments left over there but I don't think any classes. It's got a super weird "empty but inhabited" vibe to it - not unlike a dying mall. That section of Fearing Blvd near there is also weird.

I drive around town a lot for work and this subject has me thinking of all of the empty corner store/neighborhood bar/ restaurants scattered throughout the city. Such a strange remnant of another era that will likely never return to Toledo. Would make for a good photo series.

posted by idinspired on Jul 14, 2016 at 02:23:40 pm     #  

Utah street on the East Side. Ugh. melted siding from arson, lots o ordinary garbage, so very many boarded up houses. Or just take a cruise out Nebraska starting downtown.

posted by MaryCooksalot on Jul 14, 2016 at 02:26:49 pm     #  

Take him up and down the river--good mix of industry toward the lake, and beautiful houses toward Perrysburg and Maumee.

posted by swampprof on Jul 14, 2016 at 02:36:34 pm     #  

Erie Canal locks near Maumee? Cool ruins, maybe not "urban decay."

posted by justread on Jul 14, 2016 at 02:49:17 pm     #  

The old Park Hotel by the amtrack would be great to walk through. Maybe you could find someone to let you into the Pythian?

posted by endcycle on Jul 14, 2016 at 03:11:11 pm     #  

Check out Bush or Vance between Hawley & City Park. Rough doesn't even begin to describe those streets.

posted by WordsRUs on Jul 14, 2016 at 08:13:18 pm     #  

Is this an armed or unarmed tour?

posted by dino on Jul 14, 2016 at 08:47:43 pm     #   2 people liked this

It's a shame that we actually have recommendations

posted by justareviewer on Jul 14, 2016 at 09:10:06 pm     #   1 person liked this

Not really! Most cities have bad spots. We have a good amount of bad and good, but some (like my friend) are more interested in the visuals of the bad. :)

posted by upso on Jul 14, 2016 at 10:20:01 pm     #  

Our bad spots are nothing compared to LA's:) You should drive him up to Detroit if he wants to see real rough

posted by jamesteroh on Jul 14, 2016 at 11:14:00 pm     #  

Haha, Detroit is on his list after Toledo. :)

posted by upso on Jul 14, 2016 at 11:37:46 pm     #  

I stopped at the Original Sub Shop today, sat by the front window, saw the old Park Hotel across the street, and thought that area might be sufficienly bad for your friend. But I'd rather show an out-of-towner the murals along Broadway.

posted by suz on Jul 14, 2016 at 11:40:06 pm     #  

Park Hotel area isn't bad during the day. I bike by there a lot with no issues.

posted by jamesteroh on Jul 14, 2016 at 11:56:01 pm     #  

This is a good site with some abandoned buildings:
https://toledowastewalker.wordpress.com/

posted by jamesteroh on Jul 14, 2016 at 11:59:38 pm     #  

Take a hike along the river and see if there's anything left of Vollmars Park.

posted by marving on Jul 15, 2016 at 12:37:10 am     #  

the abandoned trailer park on bancroft just across from st james neighborhood in sylvania township just got cleared... that would have been great in a bizarre way.

across swan creek from old libbey high school site and headed toward dowtown to sterling park/city park area - mix res and industrial

still stuff under I-280 to galena area - res

old south end between western and the expressway - res

potter street area in east toledo - res

pockets of industrial waste along oak street headed south beyond fascett

posted by enjoyeverysandwich on Jul 15, 2016 at 04:31:51 pm     #  

The more obscure the better?

posted by Ace_Face on Jul 15, 2016 at 10:49:44 pm     #   1 person liked this