Yesterday I was at the Erie Street Market and I talked to several individuals there. What I learned astounded me.
I had two individuals tell me that they had called WSPD to talk about things at the ESM (during the city's takeover of the facility from Citifest - background here) and later that same day they were confronted by a representative from the city (which owns the property and issues the leases) who told them not to call the radio station again.
Comments were made about their leases and how easy it was to raise rents or break the lease and 'replace' them.
Of course, neither person wanted to go on the record for fear of actually losing their space at the Market. When I pressed them, they could not say if the city's representative was acting on their own or under direction from the mayor's office. Regardless, I was not surprised to hear of the heavy-handed tactics to silence criticism.
Sadly, this is what I've come to expect in Toledo - threats, intimidation, ad hominem attacks, etc. Perhaps this is part of the reason we're losing population?