For several years, an economic malaise has covered metro Toledo’s central city neighborhoods, putting those residing there at an employment, educational, and physical disadvantage compared to the rest of the area. This ongoing problem, which engulfs seven zip codes in the heart of town, places Toledo among the most distressed large cities in the nation, according to an annual study that seeks to find solutions to the dilemma. “Over the last five years Toledo has lost 4 percent of its businesses while other parts of the country are gaining businesses,” said John Lettieri, co-founder and senior director for policy & strategy at the Washington, D.C.-based Economic Innovation Group.

By: Jon Chavez, Toledo Blade

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