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Fighting Urban Blight in Toledo

UAC Faculty Research Associate, Professor Dan Hammel of Geography & Planning, appeared on the WGTE 30 show Deadline Now: Fighting Blight in Toledo to share his insights on this issue. From the WGTE web site:

Last month, The Blade published an eye-opening series about blight in Toledo. While not close to the scale of Detroit's devastation, Toledo has more than its share of abandoned homes and businesses. If you live or work in Detroit, there is a strong temptation to roll your eyes when people talk about blight in Toledo. For us, it would be easy to assume that there isn’t any blight to speak of here. That would be a wrong assumption.

Click here to watch the program.

The 2014 schedule for the Discover Downtown Walking Tours is now available. There are new tours this season and we have added some new twists to some old tours. We also have some tours that are in neighborhoods that are near Downtown. There is also a special tour on June 12 - see the next article!

It is very exciting for us to be able to do this because it means that Downtown Toledo is evolving, growing, and strengthening ... there is always something new happening!

Click here for the complete schedule and details for each tour, or download the information flyer.

Discover Downtown Toledo Tours Special Event: Waite High School

UAC is pleased to offer a special event: a walking tour of Waite High School on June 12, 2014. The tour of the newly renovated school (named for Toledoan Morrison R. Waite, a US Supreme Court Justice) celebrates it 100th anniversary!

Click here to view complete information about the Waite HS tour.

Social Network Analysis Assists Startup Toledo

On April 24 UAC Director, Dr. Neil Reid, gave a presentation to StartUp Toledo. The title of Dr. Reid's presentation was "Social Network Analysis: What Your Position in a Network Says About You". StartUp Toledo ( meets monthly and provides a forum for local innovators, entrepreneurs, and creatives to come together to network, discuss ideas, and listen to inspiring presentations. April's meeting was held at Joenstas' Gallery ( in downtown Toledo.


UAC Hosts Economic Development Meeting

In April the Urban Affairs Center hosted a luncheon for Neil Gibson, Director of the Northern Ireland Center for Economic Policy (NICEP) at the University of Ulster ( Mr. Gibson is an Eisenhower Fellow ( and is on an eight week tour of the United States visiting various cities across the country to learn more about economic development programs and initiatives. Attending the luncheon at The Toledo Club were a number of local leaders who are engaged in various economic initiatives in northwest Ohio. Dr. Neil Reid, UAC Director, will have follow up conversations with Mr. Gibson to explore collaborative opportunities between the UAC and the NICEP.

Left to right: Neil Gibson (Northern Ireland Center for Economic Policy), Dan Johnson (President Emeritus of University of Toledo), Ford Weber (President/CEO Lucas County Improvement Corporation)

Lucas County is Losing Residents

UAC Director Neil Reid was quoted in an article in the March 28, 2014 Toledo Blade that discussed the declining population of Lucas County as well as those of other Ohio counties. The article states: "With a net loss of more than 800 residents, Lucas County is following Ohio's trend of losing more residents than it’s gaining, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau annual reporting estimates." In contrast, Wood County showed an increase of about 550 people. Dr Reid suggests that the estimates suggest a regional stabilization in population:

"There is not much shifting, and this could be part of a trend,” Mr. Reid said. "This could be the light at the end of the tunnel and we might start seeing things starting to pick up in the housing market."

Read the full article here.

Trending Now ...

by Neil Reid, UAC Director

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Trending Now, a publication of The Urban Affairs Center at the University of Toledo. Three to four times a year, we will bring you what we consider to be cutting edge developments in the area of economic development and growth. Each issue will have a thematic focus and will cover an industry or an economic trend that we believe is new, exciting, and trending. Whatever the topic Trending Now will cover it from a variety of perspectives — national, regional, and local.

The focus of this first issue is America’s burgeoning craft beer industry. Commercial production of craft beer in one of America’s fastest growing industries.

>> Read the first issue of Trending Now

Snyder Memorial - location of the UAC
Snyder Memorial, location of the UAC

The Urban Affairs Center is an applied research unit of The University of Toledo. UAC is located in the Snyder Memorial building within the Department of Geography & Planning. Our web site is hosted by the UT Center for Creative Instruction. Our mission is to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life of Toledo and its metropolitan region. We strive to make this site useful and accessible to the our community, and we welcome your comments.

Important UAC Updates

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  • Finding Food in Northwest Ohio
  • Toledo-Lucas County Public Library: Economic Value and Return on Investment
  • Better Together: How the Maumee Valley Growers Came to Be
  • Urban gardens boost quality of life, expert says
  • “A State of Inequity in Ohio”: Additional Press Coverage
  • UAC Staff Edits Book: Local Food Systems in Old Industrial Regions