- toledo is short on opportunity - grade D. if you have something and it is secure toledo feels golden; if you don't, there appears to be little on the horizon
- toledo is parochial C. a few big concerts, a couple big plays, a nice symphony, a nice museum, a good zoo, nice metroparks, a big lake. if you are still a road warior be prepared to take on chicago, detroit, a2, cleveland, columbus, stratford, etc for destination cultural events. having said that, mud hen baseball is a much better experience than ANY place else, any level, any sport (altho i have not been to old trafford for a manchester united game). having said that, how many concerts,plays, trips to museums, games, etc arre you really gonna do each year?
- toledo is poorly governed D-. just a few people, a couple families, and several unions run toledo politics. much of why toledo has little opportunity is because it is so poorly governed. if you don't care about politics or at least have a secure job and you can ignore civic impulses or if you just go to a suburb like most people and allow toledo to fester on its own, you'll be fine. because things are relatively affordable and life is easy, people don't care about the politics and that only encourages the pols.
= toledo weather C. it's much more cloudy than other places and that does matter. the winters are real winters so you better enjoy skating or Xcountry skiing or be prepared not to do much for 3 months. but it is not like buffalo or minneapolis and ridiculous. spring and fall are great and the unbearble part of summer is pretty short.
+ toledo is affordable A-. there are terrific neighborhoods in several parts of town that you get a lot of house for the money. there are several more suburbs that are as well.
+ toledo is easy to get around A+. i currently live in a place where during both morning and evening rush hour you don't go out if you don't have to. it constricts every part of your life, you plan around it. toledo at 5:15 is nothing except for a couple intersections in sylvania township.
+ toledo has a relatively low a$$-0 quotient B+. it may be the bad economy in a parochial town but people are friendlier and less pretentious - they are there if you look but it is harder to get away with it there.
= toledo is flat C. boring to look at; boring grid on the landscape; which makes biking and running easy; easy place-finding; easy for kids to learn to drive
- toledo radio D. since jp mccarthy, ernie harwell, and ken calvert stopped broadcasting, who listens to radio anymore? - granted these were all detroit voices but if you lived in toledo, you used to know when traffic was bad on the lodge freeway in detroit. still, we have 91.7 - oops, thats a2.
most importantly, with grade school kids at a nice catholic school and your wife happy, take your service record (thank you for your service) and experience and go to one of the remaining large companies (dana OI a hospital or UT) and start looking. toledo is a premier place to raise kids and to be safe and to have life relatively easy and stress-free life.