Monday, June 06, 2005

Land of 10,000 Handshakes

A classic start to a classic summer.

The Old West End and Point Place Parades. Parish festivals at Sacred Heart and OLPH. Pat Dailey at Rally by The River. Birthday and graduation parties. Steak roast at the Birmingham Post. Even a short kayak trip off Walbridge Park.

Toledo is truly a destination point for people from across the country and region - I spoke to folks from Texas, Utah, Michigan, and plenty from Wood County. In fact, my in-laws drove up this weekend from a southern state. My refrain to everyone was, "Spend more money in Toledo."

One of the benefits of criss-crossing town is checking up on conditions in the city. I took down several addresses with overgrown grass and other eyesores for city crews to respond to this week. If there's a problem near you, let me know.

I was walking out of OLPH Saturday with Mayor Jack Ford and his family, past the ferris wheel, Fun House, and bumper cars, when we stopped and acknowledged John and Diana Irish and one Carty Finkbeiner. Like I said, a classic start to a classic summer.

24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get yourself down to the Monroe/Auburn intersection to Monroe/Lawrence intersection. This corridor is a mess along with the condition of the Monroe Street! Vacant 4-floor building on 2640 Monroe Street next to Maplewood which is a total eyesore and embarassing. Buildings in between Monroe/Lawrence to Monroe/Detroit another eyesore. Poor sidewalk conditions, trash everywhere (lacking trash cans), weeds overgrown, and housing look like crackhouses on Auburn which is north of Monroe with overgrown weeds and trash. BP Gas Station on Detroit north of Monroe is gross--don't get me started on going northbound on Detroit north of the I-75 ramp which is in a sad condition from housing to trash to weeds to broken sidwwalks/curbings.

Need to coordinate & enforce the CDC(s), the city, businesses in those areas, and residents to work together to clean up this area. I live in the Old Orchard area and I love driving to downtown with friends & family but trying to get them not to look out in this area is quite embarassing.

Toledo should know better to let this particular area go looking this bad.

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Toledoenne said...

Or God forbid, some poor unsuspecting traveler on I75 decide to exit on Detroit Ave. to fill up his gas tank.

Wake up Frank. Get out and spend some time with the real people of Toledo.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

That chance encounter with you and the Mayor passing Irish and Finkbeiner... it symbolizes for me the new progressive leadership passing by the old status quo group stuck in thier own chaos. Thank goodness.

To the previous responses. I understand your concerns. I love Toledo, and am saddened by some of the more "run down" areas of town. We all must know that this is not only a Toledo issue; it is common in most urban areas of our size and age.

I happened to see Frank meeting and greeting the “real” people of Toledo this weekend. He is one of the few who freely engages us common folk by just walking up to us and talking with us. You have to respect that.

Clean and charming corridors to downtown areas do make spending time there more enjoyable for Toledoans and their out of town guests. We could stand to focus on this a bit more. It's not cheap, but if citizens and businesses are willing to reinvest, then lets do it! I think we must also remember that the decay of certain parts of town cannot be fixed by flowers and beautification alone. Might we be willing to spend time on committees, volunteering, or organizing efforts to really revive some blighted areas? Would you if these areas were in your neighborhood?

If you've been to the Old West End lately, you might have been surprised by how highly priced and pristine many houses and blocks are. That was done be citizens mainly, not politicians. We might all learn from that example.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Ah, the real people of Toledo. Maybe the title of my post wasn't literal enough regarding how I spent my weekend.

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frank, just think, you have to coerce votes from these fine Toledans.

Judging from these two legitimate posts, you have your work cut out for you. I am pretty sure most of the voters able to attend those flashy fundraisers will not be residents of Monroe and Auburn, these are the residents you and all of city council should be concerned about.

Altho I suggest residents call your district councilperson to inform them of the conditions of your respective neighborhoods, all of city council is responsible for providing Toledo with the best living conditions allowable.

That's their job. Whether or not their doing their job, let them know in November.

5:13 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

"Coerce votes" -- never heard that one before, and never thought of campaigning like that. "Working" for votes, yes. I've heard of stealing votes, though can say I've never done that. I've heard of buying votes, and remember canvassing the Hill Street section of Pittsburgh in the 1991 special election for Harris Wofford where we ran into folks who asked us for money, saying every election a man came to dole out greenbacks for votes.

When you introduce yourself to people at a parade, festival or going door to door, you ask where someone is from...The point in my original post is that we have more people visiting Toledo, making impressions of Toledo, and spending money in Toledo than I think some folks realize.

7:16 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

Alos, thanks for the suggestion Monroe Street. We successfully got Front St. repaved. That was bad, too.

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

More likely what the poster meant was that voters need to be "coerced" to the polls. Toledoans are pretty lax when it comes to taking the 10 minutes out of their day to choose their own leadership but, are willing to complain for 4 years endlessly when they disagree with the outcome.
The old west end has come a long way from what it was in the '70's. I can remember those great houses selling for $1 by people trying to get rid of them to avoid being forced to repair them. the area is now an enclave of great homes surrounded by crime. Some of our higher crime areas could be helped out by adding a few more street lights. take a walk through some of these places (if you dare) and the first thing you will notice is the lack of lighting.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Sepp for understanding what a coffee-deprived mind goes thru at 5 AM. That's what I meant.



If the voting for the school levy is indicitive of what November will be like, someone better put up some results before August.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Good leaders are easy to get behind. I think a guy like Frank can make people feel good about voting, about Toledo, and participating in the process.

Turnout will be better than average. Bug your friends to vote, that personal touch is pretty powerful.

Thing wont get better without leaders who actually work for progress. I think most of us think Frank is one of those leaders, that's why we read his blog.

12:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually Dan, I'm here for accountability. Not all of us are lemmings. Frank is elected into office and is held accountable for his voting record. This blog affords Frank the ability to read what Toledoans, that actually use the internet, post here. As with the first posting on this thread, not all of Toledo is happy with the way things are intown anymore and if this trend continues, Frank will hear about it. Whether he acts upon it shows in council.

Good leaders show results, Dan. Take a hard look around TOledo. There's an awful amount of blight and age, and unless someone steps up to the plate, you'll be hearing about it for yet another four years.

As far as 10,000 handshakes, I know Frank's rep would improve a tad if those hands belonged to 10,000 hard working taxpaying Toledoans.

If you doubt me, try reading Rob Ludeman's blog. Proof is in the postings.

4:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the link to Rob Ludeman's blog?

6:21 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

www.robludeman.com click on the forum icon

7:43 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

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11:47 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Accountability by local Republican official? How many millions of OUR money do they need to lose before they are not accountable?

I really have trouble respecting people's opinions that grandstand on Blogs ANONYMOUSLY. If you have specific complaints or ideas that you are confident about, put your real name to your post. I’ll lead the way for you —I am Dan Eble. A man, a dad, a husband, a well educated, hardworking taxpayer, citizen of Toledo. So, you might keep the "lemming" comments to yourself. Can't you disagree respectfully?

You got it right, whoever you are, when you said Frank was elected. Doesn't that kind of fly in the face of your logic that he is not well liked? Would he have won if "hardworking" folks did not vote for him?

Do you happen to know much about his strong record on supporting organized labor? Or do they not count as "hard working taxpayers" of Toledo? I guess all those hours I put in at my job and taking care of my family don't make me a "hardworking taxpayer of Toledo?" Frank, I guess you should take back that handshake you gave me...

I'm not here to promote Frank's record, there's really not time for this, plus that's his job. But, didn't he lead the way to block the trash fees and to prevent cuts to the police and fire departments during tough economic times?

To say not everyone in town is happy with things means nothing really. Has that ever not been the case, at any time, in any city?

No, personally, I wont be just "hearing about" the problems in Toledo over the next four years. I plan to actually be an active participant in DOING something about it, or "stepping up" as you say. I'd love you to join me? No lemmings allowed though.

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

Dan,
Some folks are not as comfortable as you or I to post their names so lighten up ok? They'll come around when they're ready. As for the "lemming" comment, c'mon take a look at what you write. It seems like sycophantic cheerleading. You said you "have trouble respecting other people's comments that grandstand on blogs anonymously"? You have no respect for any opposing veiwpoint right or wrong and "named" or not as far as I have seen. To dismiss a person's oppinion purely because they may be too shy to lend their a name sounds rather foolish. If you were to call Frank about a problem but, were concerned about giving your name should he "have trouble" trying to resolve the issue? Frank is able to see who is legit and who is a heckler with a name attatched or not, it's not too hard.
What Frank ought to be doing is using some peer pressure on his fellow councilmen to get them to set up a blogsite. I give him his kudos since he is leading the way on this one.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Sepp, really... as a person sensitive to the human condition, please don't make excuses for those who do not have the backbone to use their real name. If you could not say it in person, you should not say it online. Should common respect and etiquette dissapear online?

I think its really silly to suggest that an anonymous call to your City Council should or would garner the same response as one made by a named citizen. Lets be real, someone could be calling from Florida complaining about Toledo... should Frank or ANYONE on Council really respond if they could not be sure the person complaining was even a citizen of Toledo? It would be a waste of resources.

Gee Sepp, a "sycophantic" cheeleader? Sounds nice and I'm sure meant to impress, but, it is very oversimplified. Sorry if I like a lot of what Frank has to say. He has good ideas AND the guts to put them out there. Just FYI, I have disagreed with him at times. On one significant issue I let him know personally. I have the backbone for that.

You are right to give kudos to Frank for having a blog... others should be so bold.

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan, really.

Give us a break, Dan. I don't post my name because of zealous fanatics such as yourself need not know my identity. Your censorship issues have me concerned, and because of that, I will remain anonymous, thank you. If I want my name to be known, I will announce it in the City Chambers during session. This isn't chambers.

Nonetheless, altho your ignorance denies you to understand there may be Toledoans posting on this site that may be located out of the area, caring for the city and perhaps speaking for fellow family members, people are entitled to provide insight and critique when deserving. Unlike you, we hold our local politicans accountable.

It's odd you mentioned Florida by name. Trying to make a point? Reference to Ray Kest, maybe? I fear people like you Dan. Your blinders aren't allowing to see the whole picture, and there's something wrong with that. What's worse, your vote will cancel mine.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Mr. or Ms Anonymous, grow a backbone, then a brain, then the guts to speak out with your name attached. Please consult Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, and John Hancock for real courage and inspiration.

You remember their names because they were zealous about liberties. No one will remember your name because last I checked, there were NO leaders, no patriots, or elected officials by the name of "anonymous." Simply having the right to speak anonymously does not mean it is a responsible use of your rights.

I'd love to shake your hand someday and see how different you really are when you have to own your own cowardly rhetoric in person. Do you introduce yourself as ‘anonymous’ when you meet people in person? Please!

12:28 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Just for fun... your comment about "I don't post my name because of zealous fanatics such as yourself need not know my identity" is sad. As a mental health professional, that comment reeks as a diagnostically significant sign of narcissism. You are just a regular citizen, no more, no less. But, the fact that you worry about my vote canceling yours nails you as grandiose and self important, neither of which does a darn thing to make our community a better place. Get out there and do something more than type. It is obvious that you do not do more than complain in vain.

Who goes to “announce” themselves in “the City Chambers” anyway? Again, this is your grandiosity and ego over genuineness and engagement.

12:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh you hurt me! *gasp*

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

You two should kiss and make up!

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's stunning to see someone who claims they know so much have such a grasp on so little.

Dan would fumble for words if I walked up and introduced myself to him. Let him talk tough, for mere words show the true soul more so than actions...

...now, where is that neo-sporin and curad bandage....*sniff*

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..Oh, and Dan, some of our finest authors and artists were named "anonymous"...please try your call again later...

9:37 PM  

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