By Simeon Drakich
Windsor is in need of professional help. There are no concrete plans for growth and revival of the downtown nor the other sections in need of development.
The economy of the city of Toledo, OH, in the 1980s, was collapsing as auto manufacturing suffered massive unemployment which resulted in the rise of violent crime and urban flight. The city’s elected officials came to a collective realization that they didn’t have the answer.
Their reaction to the city’s problem was the procurement of services from the Gateway Group.
The Gateway Group website posts their philosophy as to, “… develop collaborations between the public and private sectors in order to strengthen businesses, communities, and citizens.”
Your attention should be focused on developing the collaborations between the public and private sectors.
Windsor’s track record reflects the despise the city has for the private sector, as their arrogance and delusion of self importance have failed the city and its residents.
Case in point.
Windsor’s former mayor and council, in their great hubris, decided to redesign The Bistro’s menu. Inconceivable! Our politicians believed they were restaurateurs. I was always suspicious that our mayor and council wanted a place they would use to order surf and turf while feeling justified to stick it to the taxpayers as they patronized a city establishment.
Toledo’s recovery came from planning and construction. The Seagate Convention Center, Huntington Center, and Fifth/Third Field are an integrated conference, entertainment, and sports hub in Toledo’s warehouse district. The private sector fully knows that groupings of entertainment and similar venues attract others that compliment and augment business, creating a destination for locals and tourists.
Former MPP Dwight Duncan bragged about Caesars Windsor. He did not want a competition for the casino. Possibly the reason why the WFCU Arena was built far from the downtown.
Your Windsor downtown’s present state of decline’s root cause is our politicians, past and present.
It would behoove our recently elected councillors to persuade the mayor and the old guard, L’Ancien Regime, to contract The Gateway Group sooner rather than later. Let us not let this opportunity slip away, as we did when The Daly Group proposed a youth and family entertainment attraction, on the former Canderel property, to counter the adult entertainment of Caesars Windsor.
I highly advise that you jump into your car drive for approximately an hour to enjoy Toledo.
Visit the Toledo Museum of Art, where you can bathe in the beauty of the Grand Masters like Van Gogh, Cezanne, Rodin, Sergeant, and Gainsborough, to mention a few. Plus see arts of the ancients from around the world. Access to the various buildings of the museum free, though there is a $5 parking fee.
Baseball fans can take in a Toledo Mud Hens game at Fifth/Third Field. They’re the AAA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. You will be glad that you did. Next door is the home of the Toledo Walleye, the ECHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. There are any number of restaurants, bars, and craft breweries surrounding the park and arena.
One such place is Tony Paco’s, made famous by Toledo’s native son, Jamie Farr, aka Klinger of MASH fame.
The Toledo Zoo is also one of the United States top zoological parks.
What are you waiting for? Visit Toledo and find out how the city was resurrected from the recession while Windsor continues to linger far behind.