Re-envisioning East Toledo | 1. Behind the Garfield Community Plan

When we hear about Toledo's history and its progress, it's often in reference to the west side. But our city's Main Street can only be found on the east side, and the riverfront communities of East Toledo have made significant contributions to Toledo's rich and diverse cultural and industrial past. With all the excitement around the Marina District (now a new Metropark), what are the residents' hopes and dreams there? This video is one of a five-part series on the Garfield neighborhood as part of the Garfield Community Plan in collaboration with Toledo Design Collective, East Toledo Family Center and One Voice for East Toledo.

Episode 1, “Behind the Garfield Community Plan,” brings us to the plan’s genesis with Elizabeth Ellis of the Toledo Design Collective and Jodi Gross of the East Toledo Family Center to envision how Garfield’s community of residents, businesses, social services and schools can flourish alongside ongoing riverfront developments.

To learn more about the Garfield Community Plan, visit, and to learn more about this partnership, check out our press release.


  1. Unfortunately most of the homes in these areas are now rental homes and landlords care less about the houses only tent money. We have a lot of crime in this area with most not being reported. The city doesn’t care to help with anything in these areas but point out what they want done by residents and then they don’t do thier part in what’s needed. Most people believe the lofts will be projects soon with a lot of problems there and across by the docks. Great ideas just don’t think this will happen. Most people I speak to hope restaurants buy them out and they can move.


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