Since Lima is totally dropping the ball on the Glee phenomenon, here's what someone in Toledo could do: stage a pseudo-high-school-music-glee-club show in a venue visible from I-75. There are young singers and dancers here (especially if you include the twentysomethings, like Glee does!). There are people who would pay money to see a live presentation of the song-and-dance stuff that is so popular now. This is something I would patronize, much more than the casino, 'cause I'm not a gambler. What to name it without violating copyrights? To'lee?
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Pass - not really sustainable in the long run.
That makes about as much sense as Lima changing their city name to Gleema.
Entertainment dollars are finite for a given population. They do not add wealth to an area, they take it out. We need people or jobs (preferably) to move here, then the entertainment and secondary services come on their own.
"We need people or jobs (preferably) to move here, then the entertainment and secondary services come on their own."
I agree we need people and jobs. But we need entertainment, too. During the Great Depression, people enjoyed going to the movies to forget about their problems.
I still say that Toledo could rake in billions by legalizing pot (or at least decriminalizing it with regulated, licensed dealers). Dopers from ten states away would flock here to buy their taxed weed. Hell, just the spike in sales tax on increases in sales at local Taco Bell and McDonald's drive-thrus would probably make a significant dent in the annual county budget, and if we add in sales tax on hemp sweaters and Bob Marley CDs, Toledo and Lucas County would be living large.
viola - not a bad idea. What we need is for people not to shoot down any idea, even small. Baby steps are better then no steps at all. Has anyone ever been in a brainstorming session. The rules are no idea is bad, and as a mentor of mine once said, "take the worst idea and make it better!"
Well, Gemini, I go to the movies often enough. Oops, let me correct that: I obtain movies from the library often enough. The idea of blowing through $100 for about 10 movies a year in the theaters is nauseating. And I already pay taxes that supply inventory and access in my local library.
HM, we can't legalize it. The feds would send in the BATF in the form of armed troopers and they'd smash their way into our grow houses, destroying property, seizing capital, and maybe even killing people. Assume that Ohio would similarly enact enforcement. Legalization needs to happen, but our Congress will never do it... not while Democrats and Republicans are in charge, that is.
Instead of 95% and more of the nation's voters going to the polls and selecting the same pack of dual-party Fascists, we need at least 50% of the voters to go to the polls and select alternatives. Whoops! I forgot about the rock-solid prejudice against the "wasted vote". So it has no chance of ever happening. Not. Ever.
Instead of talking, let's just sing everything and dance everywhere we need to go, then we can change the city's name to Gayledo.
If you want to see talented high schoolers perform -- and perform well, I might add -- check out any of the musicals put on throughout the year.
Last Saturday night, we went to St. Ursula Academy's performance of The Phantom of the Opera at the Franciscan Center. The cast did a stellar job -- I was really impressed, particularly with the ballet dancers and with the young man who played the Phantom. Not an easy part to sing and he was outstanding.
Central Catholic will be doing The Wizard of Oz later this year, and St. Francis will be putting on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
I randomly found this movie last night on my ROKU box:
REALLY amazing depiction of just how screwed up the federal justice system is.