Toledo, Ohio Essay

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Toledo, Ohio

The city that I am going to examine is Toledo, Ohio. Toledo has gone through a lot of changes since World War II. It flourished with industry and grew out from there. Out of the many city models that the book covered, the model that a Toledo best fit into is the sector model. This essay will go into detail about the physical, economical, social, and political issues and changes that have faced Toledo in the past fifty years. As stated above, I feel that Toledo best fits the sector city model that was described in the book. There is a lot of evidence to support this statement. One example is that there is (was) a lot of manufacturing/light industrial that was centered in the downtown. With all of the good jobs
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Around Bancroft and other major streets that lead to the high-class sector, is the middle class sector. As you can see, Toledo perfectly fits into the sector city model. As far as physical landscape, Toledo rests in a slight valley, and the only geographical feature that is a barrier is the Maumee River as mentioned above. The river only effects the East Side, which does no allow is to grow at the same pace as the other parts of the city. There are only four bridges that connect East Toledo to the rest of Toledo and they all are anchored from the downtown area. Since the downtown does not prosper, neither does the East Side, and this fits perfectly into the lopsided model that the sector model presents. This topic also carries us into the transportation factor of Toledo. Innerstate-75 (I-75) passes directly through Toledo, but as of right now, only runs along the edge of downtown, through the lower class sector, which can be one of the reasons that business does not locate in the downtown area. To detour this scenery, I-475 was built and it circles the flourishing middle to higher-class areas of West Toledo, give access to the airport, but also adds to the deterioration of the downtown area. In addition to this, the I-75 strip that runs through Toledo is outdated, and major traffic is a problem, so many people avoid it. Toledo also has a bus line, which does a descent job off covering the city,

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