Ashford: No misery in Toledo’s quality of lifeWritten by Michael Ashford | | firstname.lastname@example.org
I read with interest a recent Forbes Magazine article that listed Toledo as the 12th “most miserable city to live in.” I certainly hope its other articles are better researched and more accurate than this one, because this Forbes list is flawed.
I strongly disagree with its assessment of our city. I have lived in Toledo for many years and have found it to be a great place to live and raise a family.
Toledo has many wonderful attributes working in its favor that I feel should keep us off the most miserable cities list. We have a great zoo with more than 9,000 animals representing more than 800 species and nearly 1 million visitors a year making it one of Ohio’s major attractions; the Toledo Museum of Art, which was founding in 1901, has more than 30,000 works of art; the Toledo Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1943 and employs nearly 80 professional musicians; and the University of Toledo is widely known as a leader in research dollars and has twenty two thousand students, making it the second largest university in the state. Toledo also has Tony Packo’s, a restaurant that has been a part of Toledo history since 1932; and minor league baseball’s Toledo Mud Hens have been a fixture locally since 1883 and have won two Governors’ Cup championships in the past eight years and play in the beautiful Fifth Third Stadium which seats 10,300 and opened in 2002.
Finally, how can we forget about the history that the automobile industry has with Toledo, the Toledo Complex, a local automobile factory is currently owned by Chrysler. In the 1990’s, Toledo Chrysler produced more Jeeps than any other North American plant. Sections have operated as an automobile assembly plant since 1910. The Toledo Complex has assembled Jeeps since the 1940s, and comprises two factories: Toledo North and Toledo South, which itself includes the Stickney Plant and the Parkway Annex.
Also, in the past year, Gov. Ted Strickland signed into law legislation that will make Toledo the hub of solar technology in Ohio. In June, Gov. Strickland declared Northwest Ohio as an official hub of solar energy research and innovation. This has allowed for an enhancement in investment and has created local jobs in alternative energy in Toledo.
Every city in America right now is suffering in some way due to the economic climate, however, I feel that Toledo and its citizens are working hard and will persevere through this tough time. To those who do not agree, I say they don’t know our city and its people and the strength that we all have. I see nothing “miserable” in our quality of life. Go Toledo!
Michael Ashford is State Representative, Ohio House District 48.