(Toledo, OH) Toledo mayor Carty Finkbeiner unveiled a campaign called "Toledo Pride" a few months ago, which makes use of outdoor signs as a means to bolster local self-image and create an atmosphere attractive to outsiders.
I originally wanted to just take a picture for my collection of the "Toledo Pride" lettering on the Nebraska Avenue bridge over I-75. As I drove up to the bridge, though, I saw the sign from different perspectives.
This image is taken from Weiler Street near Hamilton, as the sign would be seen from the public housing complex. Hard to have pride in Toledo when your circumstances are reduced to the point that you are living in such a neighborhood.
Crossing over the Nebraska Avenue bridge, I inspected the "Toledo Pride" sign, which was secure and graffiti-free, much to my surprise. Were I a betting man, I would have given the letters about one month before being vandalized.
Maybe there is something to "Toledo Pride" after all.
On the east side of the sign is some light industrial and municipal property. Strewn throughout the area is a great deal of trash, and weeds fill the vacant land once occupied by industry.
It is hard to feel pride for Toledo standing on the land to the east of the sign, unless you are of the Rattus rattus species.
Still, given the more egregious wastes of taxpayer dollars, I suppose a little civic cheerleading causes no harm.