Columnist Keith C. Burris made a good point in his Feb. 20 commentary, “Negativity is not good public policy,” about critics of ProMedica’s planned move to downtown Toledo. Open-minded visionaries are what this city desperately needs.
To attract business to Toledo, there needs to be a strong, caring, and dedicated community. There needs to be flexibility, understanding, and a can-do attitude.
We need jobs that are not in the service industry, or government funded. We need product-based companies that see Toledo as a vital place to grow a business.
I love Toledo and would love to see our downtown become a place where people want to visit and work.
ProMedica should back public transit
In response to your Feb. 9 article “ProMedica another victory for downtown; $40M plan caps years of restoring city’s core”: A company concerned with the health of Toledo might be less inclined to desire riverfront parking facilities and more inclined to request, cajole, and even offer incentives to its employees to use public transportation.
Leaving a car in the suburbs, riding downtown, and then taking a bracing walk to the office would create cleaner air for Toledoans and healthy exercise for ProMedica employees.
If an employee had to leave because of a personal issue, company vans and cars could be stationed at the headquarters for emergency use.
Will downtown ProMedica workers need child care? There are empty downtown buildings where high-quality, affordable child care and early education could be made available.
ProMedica is standing in the bully pulpit and inviting us to follow it into a confident and prosperous future. Inspired by ProMedica, perhaps we can all look at what we want Toledo to be.
‘Party in the Park’ revival on way?
News of ProMedica’s plan to purchase and renovate the former Toledo Edison steam plant brought back memories of Friday night “Party in the Park” events.
Many downtown workers, their families, and their friends looked forward to those events. Officials in Toledo, with financial assistance from state lawmakers, must embrace a concept that could once again bring life to the city’s downtown and waterfront.
Pothole patchers doing a good job
I’d like to give a big thank-you to road crews that are doing the near-impossible by filling endless potholes amid constant traffic. The quality of Anthony Wayne Trail between South and Glendale avenues is much better, and positively amazing.