While we in the Midwest may feel distant from the humanitarian crisis happening across the globe, the implications of this virus carry consequences for more than just our personal safety. This age of globalization, information and technology has ensured that no sector remains untouched: politics, the economy, trade, ethics & morality, social unrest, news & reporting and more. Read more below for an op-ed reflection from the team.
This is not the first time Toledo's streets have been eerily empty: the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic put the world at a standstill for months and, a century later, we are halted once again. Toledo was a leading city in fighting the outbreak then (no, social distancing is not new!), and Ohio looks to be on the forefront of strict policies to stave off the spread of COVID-19 now. What can we learn from the past pandemic, and how does it help us move forward?
Victor is a Toledoan who works as a data scientist at the University of Michigan. He is also a human and an American. He enjoys life and lives in South Toledo with his wife and daughter. Julia Conti, Robert Scaramuccia, and Yashada Wagle contributed to this story. Press play below and read along as Victor recounts his journey.
The Toledo Demography Project is a collaborative effort between the Midstory team and researchers from various universities in the region...
Anthony Shu is a food writer based in San Francisco, CA who enjoys traveling to explore and compare culinary experiences and their social impact. His stories stem from firsthand, first-time impressions of Toledo and its food culture.
This article is the introduction to a new series, A New Old West End, which explores the contemporary settlement of a richly historic place, profiling the architecture of both the homes and their current inhabitants to find history’s relevance to our modern, everyday lives.
A vision of Toledo by Midstory Media ThinkHub. We remember the stories of struggle of early settlers as they trudged through a common swamp. Their world, born out of unpromising mud, inspires us to once again make a home in the crises of our modern times.