A first step toward progress would be for public officials to stop adhering to the principles outlined in this book.
"Less ubran spawl, and more focus on preserving and building up what we already have. Why keep growing out and out...building more and more buildings when we have many vacant and unused?"
In my opinion, sprawl is caused by a failing urban public school system and dunderhead officials in the urban center who make decisions that drive residents and businesses out of the city. The term is "Detroitification."
Preserving old buildings is noble, but if a business wants to tear down an old building and build a brand new one, why the obstacles? They could say the hell with it and build a brand new one in a soybean field outside the city.
Our small West Toledo home was built around 1950, so it's not that old, but it's designed wrong, in my opinion. It has all this wasted space with the big dining room that is rarely used, and hardly any space in a tiny kitchen that gets used a lot. A small home is fine if designed well. And I'm not going to gut the home. So I can understand why people flee for a corn field so they can get the home design they want. And some people don't want to maintain and upgrade a 60- to 80-year-old home in the city.
A person can get a 10- to 15-year property tax abatement by buying a condo or townhome in downtown Toledo, but why not offer those same tax breaks to homeowners living elsewhere in the city who have lived in Toledo for more than 20 or 30 years as an incentive to keep them from leaving?
Mayor Bell is proposing an entertainment tax. Mayor Bell is proposing an increase to the income tax. TPS is considering a new tax levy to help offset their incompetence. If these taxes get passed, that's not going to help bring residents and businesses into Toledo.
It would nice if Toledoans stopped voting for every damn tax that's on the ballot. And it would be nice if Toledoans stopped recycling politicians and stopped re-electing the people that cause problems. Be like George Costanza and do the opposite for a change.
"Another 100,000 residents, so the rest of us would not be stuck paying the costs of maintaining a city infrastructure that has far outgrown a declining population base."
Toledo's population over the years:
1920 : 243,164
1930 : 290,718
1940 : 282,349
1950 : 303,616
1960 : 318,003
1970 : 383,818
1980 : 354,635 -7.6%
1990 : 332,943 -6.1%
2000 : 313,619 -5.8%
July 2002 : 309,106
July 2004 : 304,734
July 2005 : 301,285 - 301,728
July 2006 : 297,806 - 298,446
July 2007 : 295,029
In June 2006, Toledo City Councilman Frank Szollosi said about Toledo's declining population:
"It's an indication that taxes are too high in Toledo."