21st Century Toledo: Urban Prairie

US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive

"The government looking at expanding a pioneering scheme in Flint, one of the poorest US cities, which involves razing entire districts and returning the land to nature.

Local politicians believe the city must contract by as much as 40 per cent, concentrating the dwindling population and local services into a more viable area."

At the rate we're also shrinking, Toledo will have to do the same. Of course, property management in Toledo was so badly handled that Ralph Nader himself had to come here and complain about it. So don't look for rational or gentle handling of moving people around to adapt to the formation of urban prairie.

Or Toledo's unions will keep taxing us to keep city workers out there cutting more and more grass. LOL!

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Fire up the bulldozer and run it around downtown for a while. Maybe, if enough green space is restored, downtown Toledo will become an attractive place to live.

Mad Jack
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Wasn't this the same concept that was tried in the late 60's called urban renewal?

Urban renewal presupposed rebuilding. Now, they're not pretending to promise rebuilding.

Too bad Flint is getting credit for this. It was actually pioneered by Youngstown's current mayor.

For a fairly detailed examination of urban decay and the subsequent complete failure of government to adapt, find the article in the Detroit News from 2001 June 19 titled "Broken Detroit: Death of a City Block". The DetNews may not offer that online anymore; check with your local TLCPL librarian for help locating it. It is EXCELLENT.

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