Rarely is there a city that begins with such potential. A war between two states was declared over whether Ohio, or Michigan would claim it. After the industrial revolution Toledo became the home of many national brands like Jeep, Owens Corning, and Champion Spark plug. As high as Toledo could have climbed, it fell just as far. It began in the 50’s. Businesses stopped expanding. Growth came to a halt almost over night. Companies sold out to larger corporations. Planned suburbs failed mid construction and reverted back to nature allowing the Great Black Swamp to reclaim some of itself back.
Today the landscape of Toledo baffles city planners in the region. Instead of sprawling out like much of the Midwest, Toledo has become more dense. Neighborhood divides between rich and poor, black and white, are sharper with no more than a single street separating a slum and a group of historically restored classic homes. It is still tough for many poor and middle class families in the area but there is a resiliency and a sense of community that carries on. Much of this is lost on the upper class. Many well off neighborhoods have installed gates and security fences to further isolate themselves.