Wednesday, April 25, 2007

This is...

not what I expected. Toledo has been experiencing tough times for years. A beautiful community, its business and downtown life are depressingly moribund. Maybe this is another example of a principle I first observed in post-war Germany and Japan: Countries, communities, and companies that have experienced past success usually are only read to renovate and innovate after their success has given way to failure. There are parts of Toledo that are among the most wonderful urban settings in America. It has access to the Great Lakes shipping lanes and is within flying and reasonable trucking distance of enormous markets. There are urban-forested areas throughout Toledo. I hope that civic leaders there can use these and other assets to revive the area.

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