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Woodville Mall or Great Eastern: Which will survive?
It was another hot, sticky, dreary, August night and I found myself wrestling the pillows trying to get some sleep when my mind wandered through these Midnight Ponderings:
Woodville Mall or Great Eastern?
Odds favor Great Eastern. Wheeling Street, which connects Navarre to Woodville Road and ends at Great Eastern, is on the fast track for widening. Meijer’s, Applebee’s, Office Max and Bay Park Community Hospital are relatively new additions to the Wheeling-Woodville Road corridor and Menards is close by.
Woodville Mall suffers from its own emptiness and the vacant big box sites that once housed Hills and FoodTown, both located across from the mall. It also lacks easy access from Oregon. The Coy Road extension that would have provided that access never materialized.
The new Veterans Glass City Skyway, which was supposed to create easy access for West Toledoans to come here, also provides easy access for us to go there where the more extensive shopping areas are located including Westfield Franklin Park. You can get there from Oregon almost as fast as you can get to Woodville Mall.
Darker days are ahead for the area’s first mall, unless a creative entrepreneur can overcome the mall’s location.
I went to the City of Toledo Web site and clicked on “city council,” “Division of Solid Waste,” and “collection services,” but couldn’t find the fee schedule. I did a search for “proposed garbage fee,” “garbage fee,” “recycling fee,” and “cost of recycling.” Here’s what I found: 21 rules of how and when to put out your garbage including how to properly dispose of hypodermic needles and animal waste. I also found answers to frequently- asked questions such as how to throw out your old can, or how to get a new can and I learned how to enroll in the pilot recycling program.
I also read a letter from the city that encouraged me to attend meetings to learn more. The one thing I couldn’t find, however, is the fee schedule. More importantly, I couldn’t read about the new incentive program proposed by two councilmen which could save or cost Toledoans money. For that, you need to call the city, which I did, and talk to the solid waste division, which I did. That spokesperson referred me to the city spokesperson who didn’t call me back.
So, where did I get the fee schedule?
From The Blade, Toledo’s daily newspaper.
Imagine the nightmare and the cost to you if professional journalists aren’t around anymore to ferret out the public’s information and package it in a convenient way for you to read.
The Press, over the years, has spent thousands of dollars on attorneys to file public information requests to get information to you that government leaders would prefer you don’t see. The Blade has probably spent hundreds of thousands.
Who will fight for your right to public information if you don’t support newspapers?
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