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Published: Sunday, 4/17/2005

Gambling, arena pay off for the Quad Cities

Seven bite-size Lemmon Drops to nibble on while waiting for the next episode of 24:

  • A John Mellencamp concert was the reason my wife and I made the six-hour trek to the Quad Cities for a weekend getaway. The metropolitan area two cities in Illinois and two in Iowa are separated by the Mississippi River is smaller than Toledo. But, Moline, Ill., has a modern downtown arena. Rock Island, Ill., has a casino, as do both Iowa cities: Bettendorf and Davenport.

    Those with predictions of doom and gloom should casinos make their way to Ohio might want to visit the Quad Cities. The casinos blend nicely into the communities and attract visitors.

    But it was the presence of a modern arena one big enough to draw national musical acts that attracted at least two people from Ohio.

  • In my seven-plus years here, I've noticed that local residents tend to make dire predictions when major changes are proposed.

    Remember how congested Secor Road was going to be when the Home Depot opened? I have yet to experience any delays. Remember how a new parking garage on Superior Street would be a step back for downtown? It vastly improved the look of the area.

    Likewise, some people are balking at a request by National Amusements to sell liquor at a 16-screen cinema scheduled to open May 6 at Westfield Shoppingtown Franklin Park. National Amusements has been selling liquor at its 18-screen complex in Maumee for several months and, just as the company promised, there have been no problems. It lived up to its word in Maumee, and there's no reason to think it won't do the same in Toledo.

  • With Thackeray's Books and Ottawa Lanes both shutting their doors, it was a sad week in the history of Toledo.

  • Having the Mud Hens, a nonprofit organization, take control of the Storm is the best idea I've heard in a long time.

    If I'm Toledo Mayor Jack Ford, I get Tim Gladieux, the Storm's owner, and Joe Napoli, general manager of the Mud Hens, in a room and don't let them leave until an agreement is reached. The clock is ticking the Storm submitted a formal request to the ECHL to suspend operations.

  • Tell me again why Mr. Ford would appoint Myron Stewart to the board of the Lucas County Improvement Corp., which is on track to become the lead engine of economic development in the county.

    Mr. Stewart has squandered the opportunity to develop the site of the former Brenda's Body Shop, adjacent to Fifth Third Field. Because of his inaction, the building was a high-profile eyesore for three baseball seasons. (Though still vacant, at least now the exterior is presentable.)

  • Thanks to the TV show The O.C., I won't have a problem in making the transition from Owens-Illinois to O-I. Now if Toledo's O.C. (Owens Corning) followed suit, our "chic" quotient would go up dramatically.

  • Speaking of acronymic changes, MCO will become MUOT on June 8.

    Matt Lockwood, associate director of public relations at the Medical College of Ohio, says the school will hold a kickoff celebration for its new name Medical University of Ohio at Toledo on that day. MUOT is preferred over MUO, he said.

    Reflecting on motherly advice from years gone by, I'll refrain from saying anything else about MCO's new name.



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