I knew it was too good to be true.
Mayor Carty Finkbeiner and John Robinson Block, publisher of The Blade, are still trying to interfere in a private property decision.
The Toledo Free Press has the details of their attempt to 'rally then tenants' against the United Way.
A history of the pressure these individuals have tried to exert is available, chronologically here, here, here, here, here, and here.
Yes, I know that's a lot of background to catch up, but that's the way things work in Toledo and with our local paper. The publisher of The Blade spoke and politicians dutifully fell in line to try and preserve a dilapidated, costly building. And despite the fact that the United Way has broken ground on their new building, the fight is not over.
Apparently, Carty, Block or both convinced a local company to develop a renovation plan for the building. However, their plan addressed only two levels of the multi-floor building, was as costly as building new, and was rejected - as were the previous plans to renovate.
I'll say it again - if Carty and Block want the building to stay up, they can purchase it and do with it whatever they please. However, this being Toledo, they are used to bullying, expecting people to ask 'how high' when they say 'jump,' and getting their way when they attempt to dictate to others.
Perhaps the United Way, with the backing of The Stranahan Foundation, will be able to continue to resist this pressure.
For the good of all Toledo, I hope so.