I think all OVER the city there is reason to complain. I cringe for my poor car and all the knocking I hear from my exhaust system on a daily basis, driving regularly in South and in West Toledo. Knock-knock-knock-clank-clang-rattle! Ugh. Granted, I need some exhaust work, however I didn't have any problems like this before I moved up to the Toledo area from BG. Three years and approximately 12,000 miles total of driving on these roads has turned my original-owner Nissan into a clunker. I don't plan to fix my exhaust anytime soon. I mean, why? Spend $500 per my dealer estimate and immediately begin to abuse the system all over again? Eff it, I'll wait til I actually start dropping parts on the road. (Apologies in advance to the folks driving behind me! Ummm, sorry about that. Whoopsie.)
Anyway, so is there brick under most of the paving around Toledo? I too have noticed that the brick streets, or even where brick is peeping up from under pavement, seem to be fine. Maybe we just need to jackhammer all the asphalt up and remove it from every street in 40mph and under zones. Sounds drastic ... and costly, but so is the constant paving-repaving-pothole-filling merry-go-round. Maybe I shouldn't have any say -- I don't live inside the city limits. However, literally 99 percent of the money I spend locally, other than my rent, goes to businesses in Toledo city zip codes. My nearest gas station, grocery store, post office, fast food restaurant ... all in Toledo. Asphalt IS a much smoother ride -- but only in the very short term, when it's brand-spanking new and/or has just been "fixed."