I don't know what it is about the negative nancies in this town but it has one of the worst inferiority complexes of a midsized city that I've ever seen. Just because some businesses fail in downtown and the warehouse district does not automatically mean that downtown and the warehouse district are unviable.
The art galleries are too far ahead of their time, the loft residences needed to have come first, along with other more practical retail outlets (such as small clothing stores, a barber and a grocery retailer) to be viable. They are like jewellery stores, you go in and buy one expensive item rahter than multiple cheaper items, and they thusly don't need to sell as much tos tay afloat. But an art gallery in the warehouse district is exactly what other cities who have developed warehouse districts sucessfully have several examples of.
Economic redevelopment takes time. You white, racist, middle-aged cynical men who creep around downtown every day leering through the windows of local businesses at random off-peak times counting empty seats so you can cheerlead the failure of everything in the city in favor of building up the suburbs and the mall lifestyle which is already failed and has left countless exurban strips a desolate wasteland of parking lots and empty box stores that hav very little use outside their intended design. It's crazy. You people are crazy, and bitter that your flavor of crazy is such a dripping failure.
You white, middle-aged bitter men are without a doubt a part of the worst. Generation. In Toledo. Your ideas ran the city into the ground 40 years ago with the "build out to the suburbs concept and let downtown areas rot" (the whole country did this, and your generation was behind the wheel for the whole ride) and now you're sitting here bitterly pooping out mountains of crap with nothing positive whatsoever to say. You only offer problems and you have (GZ, and 6th_floor) repeatedly stated that there are no solutions and you both want downtown razed to the ground. Or words to that effect.
Quit being such damn pessimists and maybe other peoples self-esteem can improve a bit and maybe we can all get on with it, but your attitude is so defeatist and that is so "rust-belt working class."
I am white, young and starting a business in the north end. I moved from several states away and felt that Toledo offered opportunities that my former desert home would not. I'm not going to give too many details here simply because we are not open yet and I don't want any of the trolls on this board to come creeping past our place and shooting a bunch of negativity our way. I'd prefer it if we could make our investment into the downtown area in peace, and I certainly wish to be the only one taking pictures of our place during the build-out phase which we are in the middle of. I can assure you trolls, though I acknowledge that I don't have to prove myself to you or anyone who doesn't have any real authority over me, that our business is not, as you like to say, a hobby business, and it represents our sole source of income so if the business fails we will be hurting.
GZ and 6th_Floor and there's one or two other negative creep Toledo trolls here, nobody but you cares about what you have to say that's why your sad lives consist of nothing but creeping around downtown with a camera posting up negative crap on the itnernet.. You're the old guard of Toledo and you have left a huge mess for us young folks to clean up. Shut up and get out of our way so we can clean up the messes that your generation has left behind.
Toledo is an awesome city and there is tremendous potential in the downtown area and the Warehouse District is a good step in a revitalized direction. I live near Vistula and I love my neighborhood, I love our location, and I love the architecture throughout the city. You people are so bitter that all you see is ugly. You keep telling people to open their eyes to how ugly Toledo really is, but then point out the artistry on a carved entry door to a historic commercial property? Toledo is beautiful and deserve to be restored to its former glory. Stop trying to kill every attempt at bringing the city back to life.