Friday, July 31, 2009

Reuters features Toledo in article

Yesterday, Reuters and reporter Nick Carey did a story that featured Toledo, "As U.S. recession bites, Ohio hopes fade for Obama."

It's pretty standard, as these types of stories go, but I didn't get a press release from Mayor Carty Finkbeiner's office touting the coverage.

Some interesting points from the article:

A Quinnipiac University opinion poll released on July 7 showed the Democratic president's popularity in America's seventh most populous state had fallen to 49 percent from 62 per cent in May. Even worse for Obama, 48 percent said they disapproved of his handling of the U.S. economy, with 46 percent approving.
Unemployment hit 14.2 percent in June in Toledo, a city of about 315,000 people. Many of the roads in and out of the city are in a poor state of repair and many
downtown stores have closed down.
"We're not just in a recession here, it's a depression," said Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner.
Toledo's retail vacancy rate hit a record level of 14.6 percent.

H/T fellow SOBer, Patrick Poole

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