Today's Blade has an interesting article on the presentation Toledo did to win the LivCom award.
Basically, they're saying that the claims made in the presentation are either overstated or more applicable to the region, rather than the city.
It's nice of the Blade to finally acknowledge what so many have said on the local blogs and radio - that any objective and independent review of the claims would show a much different picture. And the idea that we are the 'third most livable city in our size category in North America' is dubious when you consider all the other factors we 'live' with on a daily basis that make this city less than friendly - to businesses and residents.
The LivCom award was judged on the submitted application and then on the presentations. The judges were environmental and landscaping professionals. The criteria have to do more with aesthics than practicality. And that's okay if you know that ahead of time, and understand that there was no independent verification of the statements made.
Winning third at LivCom in our population category is a nice thing - but it won't be a catalyst to economic development when the reality doesn't match up to the 'advertising.' And that's the problem - which the Blade seems to finally recognize.
(Aside - the Mayor is correct about one thing, though. We do have deer in the city. Point Place, while a pennisula, is in the city and we've had deer in our yard and up and down the street several times. They are unusual, but not rare.)