Toledo A Shining Example For Windsor

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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.

The heart of the warehouse district in Toledo, at North St Clair Street and Washington Avenue, incorporates new development in the traditional style. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The heart of the warehouse district in Toledo, at North St Clair Street and Washington Avenue, incorporates new development in the traditional style.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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.

Employees at Owens Corning park beneath solar panels at the company's world headquarters in Toledo. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Employees at Owens Corning park beneath solar panels at the company’s world headquarters in Toledo.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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.

The Swan River meanders across the face of the Toledo skyline. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Swan River meanders across the face of the Toledo skyline.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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.

A mural in the warehouse district of Toledo pays homage to the Maumee River and baseball. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A mural in the warehouse district of Toledo pays homage to the Maumee River and baseball.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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.

Toledo's 5th/3rd Field is home to the world famous Toledo Mud Hens and is located in the walkable and vibrant warehouse district. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Toledo’s 5th/3rd Field is home to the world famous Toledo Mud Hens and is located in the walkable and vibrant warehouse district.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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.

Tony Packo's was made famous by actor, and Toledo native, Jamie Farr. It is located within throwing distance of the home of the Toledo Mud Hens Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Tony Packo’s was made famous by actor, and Toledo native, Jamie Farr. It is located within throwing distance of the home of the Toledo Mud Hens
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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.

Paul Gauguin's Street in Tahiti (oil on canvas 1891) at the Toledo Museum of Art, was a gift from Edward Drummond Libbey. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Paul Gauguin’s Street in Tahiti (oil on canvas 1891) at the Toledo Museum of Art, was a gift from Edward Drummond Libbey.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A Corinthian Helmet, c. 500-450 BCE, is on display at the Toledo Museum of Art, courtesy of the Anderton Bentley Fund.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A Corinthian Helmet, c. 500-450 BCE, is on display at the Toledo Museum of Art, courtesy of the Anderton Bentley Fund.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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2 Comments on "Toledo A Shining Example For Windsor"

  1. WE first must remember that our past and present ineffective mayors and city councillors EGO’s are so big they can only do things that will benefit themselves. Our past and present mayors and city councillors have cost the Windsor taxpayers millions of dollars that the things they implemented were for 5% of taxpayers. Before the WFCU arena was built Windsor taxpayers wanted it downtown to help our businesses, but the mayor and city councillors EGO’s were to big to listen to the people. If we want the downtown to grow we first need to replace our ineffective mayor Dilkens and 90% of our city councillors.

  2. Robert Tuomi | July 25, 2016 at 5:26 pm |

    Simeon, you are forgetting Mayor Dilkens has a 20 year plan and by 2035 Windsor will be grand again although the plan has no deadlines, no budget, no direction and was written by consultants from afar, about 500 kms away. As to Toledo, Ian’s photo of the Swan River sure enough looks like the new Grand Marais urban canal mayor-in-waiting Freddy Francis wants to build south of the downtown to make the Grand Marais tench the envy of the free world.

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