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Published: 6/15/2014


The Ugly Truth about Toledo

By many measures, Toledo has been in decline for decades. But the most recent recession has hit it hard as evidenced by these photos shot in June 2014 in throughout Toledo. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE PHOTO, START SLIDESHOW.

A home at 2314 N. Erie. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A home at 2314 N. Erie.
THE BLADE/ANDY MORRISON
Children play near an abandoned home on Prouty Avenue. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Children play near an abandoned home on Prouty Avenue.
THE BLADE/LORI KING
Tim Johnson mows a strip of yard next to his Broadway Street home in South Toledo. The house behind his home, in background, caught fire more than five years ago and is still standing, to his frustration; and the house beside him was tore down after a fire, but the grass is tall. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Tim Johnson mows a strip of yard next to his Broadway Street home in South Toledo. The house behind his ...
THE BLADE/LORI KING
A woman sleeps on the steps of the Jefferson Center in Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A woman sleeps on the steps of the Jefferson Center in Toledo.
THE BLADE/ANDY MORRISON
Broken windows at the Madison Building (Nasby Building) at the intersection of Huron Street and Madison Street. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Broken windows at the Madison Building (Nasby Building) at the intersection of Huron Street and Madison Street.
THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH
Rpyalton Road between Lowe and Eastway is riddled with deep and wide potholes. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rpyalton Road between Lowe and Eastway is riddled with deep and wide potholes.
THE BLADE/JETTA FRASER
The downtown Toledo skyline is visible behind the remains of the Toledo Edison Acme power plant in the Marina District. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The downtown Toledo skyline is visible behind the remains of the Toledo Edison Acme power plant in the Marina District.
THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT
A board on 1215 Nevada near Plymouth. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A board on 1215 Nevada near Plymouth.
THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT
307 Parker is burned out and in disrepair on the east side of Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 307 Parker is burned out and in disrepair on the east side of Toledo.
THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT
Terese Hurst stands on her porch at 311 Parker and discusses the burned out house next door at 307 Parker on the east side of Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Terese Hurst stands on her porch at 311 Parker and discusses the burned out house next door at 307 Parker ...
THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT
Burned out home at the corner of  Starr Avenue and Parker Avenue. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Burned out home at the corner of Starr Avenue and Parker Avenue.
THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH
Claudia Collins sits in her porch at 1116 Michigan and talks about blight on the north side of Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Claudia Collins sits in her porch at 1116 Michigan and talks about blight on the north side of Toledo.
THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT
Burned out home on North Ontario Street in Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Burned out home on North Ontario Street in Toledo.
THE BLADE/ANDY MORRISON
From left, Travares Craig, 10, Trezon Manns, 10,  Broderick Goodlow, 14, his cousin Raymond Goodlow, 6, and Terrance Coffey, 9, play basketball in front of a vacant home in the 600 block of Ashwood Avenue. Enlarge | Buy This Photo From left, Travares Craig, 10, Trezon Manns, 10, Broderick Goodlow, 14, his cousin Raymond Goodlow, 6, and Terrance Coffey, 9,...
THE BLADE/ANDY MORRISON
A couch sits in front of an abandoned house on Sumner Street in South Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A couch sits in front of an abandoned house on Sumner Street in South Toledo.
THE BLADE/LORI KING
A fence with barbed wire is basically symbolic, considering  it doesn't prevent anyone from entering the empty lot where Southwyck Mall on Reynolds Road in South Toledo used to be. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A fence with barbed wire is basically symbolic, considering it doesn't prevent anyone from entering the empty lot where Southwyck ...
THE BLADE/LORI KING
Lisa Oehmke, who is fixing up this house at 404 Walbridge Ave. in Toledo. She also owns the home across the street. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Lisa Oehmke, who is fixing up this house at 404 Walbridge Ave. in Toledo. She also owns the home across the street.
THE BLADE/LORI KING
Tiffany Bolczak talks about the abandoned home at 1942 Talbot, which is next to her house at 1944 Talbot in west Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Tiffany Bolczak talks about the abandoned home at 1942 Talbot, which is next to her house at 1944 Talbot in west Toledo.
THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT
Delores Kelly, 65, looks from her porch in her backyard at 1243 Avondale toward the decrepit house next door. The property is to be torn down soon according to Columbia gas who turned off the utilities. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Delores Kelly, 65, looks from her porch in her backyard at 1243 Avondale toward the decrepit house next door. The ...
THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT


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