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Published: 6/15/2014


The Ugly Truth about West 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 west Toledo. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE PHOTO, START SLIDESHOW.

Detail of a building along Central Avenue across from Albion and alongside the railroad tracks. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Detail of a building along Central Avenue across from Albion and alongside the railroad tracks.
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Detail of a building at Central Avenue and Jeep Parkway. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Detail of a building at Central Avenue and Jeep Parkway.
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Bags of garbage lie in the middle of Castle Drive in front of the former Press Equip. Corp. building. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Bags of garbage lie in the middle of Castle Drive in front of the former Press Equip. Corp. building.
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A well-cared for garage next to one not well maintained, off the alleys between Glenwood Avenue and Maplewood Avenue. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A well-cared for garage next to one not well maintained, off the alleys between Glenwood Avenue and Maplewood Avenue.
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An occupied house on Central Avenue. A man who said he owns the property says his daughter and her five children live in the house. He says someone drove a car into the front porch, so he had to prop it up while waiting for a piece of heavy equipment to support the roof while he repairs the front. Enlarge | Buy This Photo An occupied house on Central Avenue. A man who said he owns the property says his daughter and her five ...
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1545 Jermaine Drive. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 1545 Jermaine Drive.
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1524 Jermaine Drive. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 1524 Jermaine Drive.
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3015, left, and 3017 Jermaine Drive. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 3015, left, and 3017 Jermaine Drive.
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The faded paint appears to read Enlarge | Buy This Photo The faded paint appears to read "Romanoff Electric Motor Service Inc" on a building along Central Avenue alongside the railroad ...
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An empty building on the south side of Central Avenue at Albion near Jeep Parkway. Enlarge | Buy This Photo An empty building on the south side of Central Avenue at Albion near Jeep Parkway.
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3365 Detroit Avenue. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 3365 Detroit Avenue.
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Garage on left is behind 3335 Detroit; that on right behind 3333 Detroit Avenue. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Garage on left is behind 3335 Detroit; that on right behind 3333 Detroit Avenue.
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Garage of alley behind 3365 Detroit Avenue. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Garage of alley behind 3365 Detroit Avenue.
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A dump site in front of a boarded up brick building on Castle Drive between Maplewood and Glenwood Avenues. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A dump site in front of a boarded up brick building on Castle Drive between Maplewood and Glenwood Avenues.
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3247 Glenwood with an overgrown hydrant. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 3247 Glenwood with an overgrown hydrant.
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3150 Glenwood Avenue.  Enlarge | Buy This Photo 3150 Glenwood Avenue.
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Detail of a boarded-up house on Glenwood. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Detail of a boarded-up house on Glenwood.
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A Cadillac seen from the alley behind a house posted with Enlarge | Buy This Photo A Cadillac seen from the alley behind a house posted with "No Trespassing" signs. The house is in the 3300 block of Detroit.
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1955 Talbot is boarded up in west Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 1955 Talbot is boarded up in west Toledo.
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Delores Kelly, 65, looks from her porch at 1243 Avondale toward the decrepit house next door. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Delores Kelly, 65, looks from her porch at 1243 Avondale toward the decrepit house next door.
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Old and dirty furniture in an abandoned grass area on Campbell between Sobieski and Pulaski. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Old and dirty furniture in an abandoned grass area on Campbell between Sobieski and Pulaski.
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Abandoned factories on Oakwood Ave. between Clinton St. and Smead Ave. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Abandoned factories on Oakwood Ave. between Clinton St. and Smead Ave.
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Abandoned factory buildings on Oakwood Ave. between Clinton St. and Smead Ave. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Abandoned factory buildings on Oakwood Ave. between Clinton St. and Smead Ave.
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A school bus drives down Lincoln Ave. near an overgrown sidewalk near Smead Ave. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A school bus drives down Lincoln Ave. near an overgrown sidewalk near Smead Ave.
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Demareon Hartfield, 9, center, loads a couch cushion into the back of Ryan Parker Sr.'s, right, truck to move some of his mother's furniture. Parker's home sits next to 3219 Maplewood Ave, which is a deserted home. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Demareon Hartfield, 9, center, loads a couch cushion into the back of Ryan Parker Sr.'s, right, truck to move ...
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An abandoned building at the intersection of Jeep Parkway and Central Avenue. Enlarge | Buy This Photo An abandoned building at the intersection of Jeep Parkway and Central Avenue.
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Mikya Holmes, 11, left, raises the basketball to put up a shot as (from left to right) Isaiah Phillips, 12, and Anthony Haynes, 12, have a laugh as Jerone Ellis, 11, and Drequan Lawrence, 9, look on while they all play in front of an abandoned home on the 1300 block of Foster Avenue in Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Mikya Holmes, 11, left, raises the basketball to put up a shot as (from left to right) Isaiah Phillips, 12,...
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