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The Best and Worst of Toledo in 2016

I wonder what Toledo Talk Peeps feel is the best and worst of 2016. Not a list of 20 on each side....just one. How you feel today. No google searching for a better answer than the last post. Gut feelings today.

Pro Medica building in Downtown Toledo - Best

Heroin Epidemic - Worst

created by Molsonator on Dec 29, 2016 at 10:18:21 am     Comments: 23

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Saddest is the loss of Pat O'Connor. Somehow, he mastered the art of, as someone put it so eloquently on social media, "getting work done while hanging out." Friend, fan, and businessman, he operated without an agenda or end game, a rare quality in the world today, and one that is virtually extinct in the music business.

posted by SavageFred on Dec 29, 2016 at 10:27:23 am     #   1 person liked this

The best and worst of 2016 are one and the same: the presidential campaign and fallout from the election.

posted by madjack on Dec 29, 2016 at 12:54:47 pm     #  

The Blade weighed in with their best restaurants of the year today:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Restaurant-Reviews/2016/12/29/Our-finest-fare-2016-Year-in-Review-A-look-at-best-reviewed-restaurants-in-Toledo-area.html

While I will gladly agree that Element 112, Registry and Revolution belong on this list, they knocked both Registry and Revolution from the 5 stars on the previous reviews to 4.5 Stars. I thought that was pretty weak for them to do that. Both are as good as they've ever been.

posted by ahmahler on Dec 29, 2016 at 02:04:22 pm     #  

Hmmmm, I'm going to do best and worst local and national, but literally just from memory, no searching for what went on.

Best nationally - Supreme Court is protected (IMO) with the election of Donald Trump.

Worst nationally - only thing that comes to mind are a few recent things, but I can't say that they had actual huge negative impacts nationally.

Best locally - the Jeep thing - don't remember specifics, something is leaving but something is coming in so that the Jeep plant keeps operating which is a major, major economic issue for Toledo.

Worst locally - the roads

posted by MsArcher on Dec 29, 2016 at 02:35:27 pm     #  

The best - the sun will come up tomorrow

The Worst - the roads

posted by Mariner on Dec 29, 2016 at 02:40:13 pm     #  

You can bet your bottom.

posted by justread on Dec 29, 2016 at 03:40:07 pm     #   1 person liked this

Dollar.

posted by justread on Dec 29, 2016 at 03:40:43 pm     #  

Best: The weather. It was awesome it's year, especially Autumn.

Worst: Cops hiding in the bushes with cameras giving people speeding tickets. Pathetic.

posted by JohnnyMac on Dec 29, 2016 at 08:40:39 pm     #   3 people liked this

One year closer to moving out of Toledo - best

Toledo city/Lucas County government - Worst

posted by Erin on Dec 30, 2016 at 09:48:04 pm     #  

Best - one year closer from Erin moving out of Toledo.

Worse - west Toledo traffic becoming unbearable a majority of the time.

posted by Xbuckeyex on Dec 30, 2016 at 10:24:56 pm     #  

Best--City of Toledo finally unloading Southwyck.

Crap.

posted by JoeyGee on Dec 30, 2016 at 11:48:02 pm     #   5 people liked this

Best-Promedica making progress downtown at least as fast of a rate as promised and a couple new downtown places especially Maddie and Bella's and Adams street diner.

Worst--The police department and those damn speed cameras and the taxpayers approving every levy on the ballot with PH2 and company running this city even further into the ground (especially not fixing the streets).

posted by classylady on Dec 31, 2016 at 10:27:12 pm     #   1 person liked this

Best: Toledo's a great town if you can live off-peak. We never have to wait for tables at restaurants, traffic is always fairly smooth for me, Costco and Fresh Market keep me off of the grocery-store treadmill.

Having said that, I'm a bit apprehensive about the Whole Foods plaza. And adding New Kroger to Secor just a few hundred yards away is going to harsh my mellow vibe.

I've learned to avoid that whole Central-475-Monroe interchange area just for general quality-of-life purposes. Trash blown into chain link fences, panhandlers, people who change lanes in the middle of an intersection, and others who creep forward and create gridlock when the lights change. I don't seem to encounter that level of unpleasantness in other West Toledo intersections.

Other bests:

the array of German holiday treats available at The Andersons

watching Santa arrive with Christmas trees in a tugboat at the Maritime Museum

singing 100-year-old hymns while drinking beer at Black Cloister: what a weird and wonderful gathering that was!

my neighbors -- they are the kindest, and generally most cheerful, people anyone could ever hope to live near

all the librarians -- helpful, courteous, interesting, probably underpaid

the deep-dish pizza at Pizza Papalis

whatever I can get from All Crumbs bakery ... holy cow, is their stuff good!

posted by viola on Jan 01, 2017 at 11:47:58 am     #   1 person liked this

Best - Toledo Botanical Garden and Toledo Grows - over 165 community gardens bringing fresh produce to urban neighborhoods

Worst - Crumbling Toledo roads, everywhere.

posted by holland on Jan 02, 2017 at 01:20:50 am     #   2 people liked this

Best-2016 felt like the year that being a Toledoan completely stopped being a pejorative statement. Pride in the city, in the community, in the downtown, everything. It felt like it reached critical mass, and word of Toledo's course change, has spread to other surrounding cities.

Worst-The disproportionate shares of downtown development, investment and mind space belonging to Promedica and The Toledo Mud Hens. Hopefully, in 2017, we see other investors starting to believe. The optimist in me hopes that the powers that be at those organizations truly hoped that their moves would set off a chain reaction. That remains to be seen. I want to think these are great and important moves, but so far, we are all taking a leap of faith, whether we want to or not.

posted by ahmahler on Jan 02, 2017 at 10:49:56 am     #   1 person liked this

Best...The hard working citizens who keep grinding away and living their lives to the fullest while supporting our community.

The bad...The lack of reasonable leadership which assumes responsibility

posted by dino on Jan 02, 2017 at 09:22:53 pm     #  

dino posted at 09:22:53 PM on Jan 02, 2017:

Best...The hard working citizens who keep grinding away and living their lives to the fullest while supporting our community.

The bad...The lack of reasonable leadership which assumes responsibility

....and the numbskulls who continue to elect such "leadership".

posted by Foodie on Jan 03, 2017 at 02:32:21 am     #   1 person liked this

The disproportionate shares of downtown development, investment and mind space belonging to Promedica and The Toledo Mud Hens

They are both nonprofits.
(Sometimes we need to remind ourselves.)

posted by justread on Jan 03, 2017 at 05:57:36 am     #   1 person liked this

Nonprofits?? Oh yeah those are the guys who lack the talent to rub two nickels together and come up with 11cents. IE: Capitalists.

posted by Mariner on Jan 03, 2017 at 07:34:46 am     #  

I don't know... ProMedica rubbed two nickels together and came up with $200,000,000 in assets.

posted by justread on Jan 03, 2017 at 09:00:07 am     #  

Best = Downtown Development
Worst = Roads/Road construction

posted by Hoops on Jan 03, 2017 at 10:45:00 am     #  

The Best: Rossford School levy passes and new schools coming
The Wrost: Rossford School levy passes and new schools coming and is going to cost me $60/month.

Runners Up:
The Best: Rossford Entertainment District, re-modeled and restored Ford Building in downtown Rossford, Harmon investment announced at Crossroads
The Worst: no dirt moved or new news on Rossford Entertainment District and Harmon investment at Crossroads after many months.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Jan 03, 2017 at 11:06:06 am     #  

Putting it into historical retrospect, most cities grow by accident in response to trends of industrialization, the real estate market, unilateral trade, proximity to navigable waters or a natural resource, with little cogitation to qualitative character.

posted by flinty on Jan 09, 2017 at 11:27:19 pm     #