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Mayor goes off over beautification of Toledo

When questioned if flowers and decorative lights were a good way to spend tax dollars, the mayor gave reporters an earful -- for six and a half minutes. When questioned if flowers and decorative lights were a good way to spend tax dollars, the mayor gave reporters an earful -- for six and a half minutes.

By Joe Stoll - bio | email

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SOUTH TOLEDO (WTOL) - The mayor says he's trying to bring new life to a quickly dying south Toledo. His actions were quickly criticized over flowers and lights along Reynolds Rd., but he had quite a reaction.

"I'm going to step in here. The question is insulting. No, no, it's insulting. Nobody is going to move into a neighborhood because of a flower, but people will move out of a neighborhood because of the absence of infrastructure, beauty, cleanliness, and public safety, and they'll move out in droves and they already have done that," Finkbeiner responded to a reporter from WSPD.

Mayor Finkbeiner said a Kroger and a horse farm are among those interested in the former Southwyck Mall location. He said they've even attracted an eye doctor at the old Bootleggers.

"Would they do if that flower bed wasn't there, and those walls weren't there? I don't know. But the very fact that we're showing attentiveness to the infrastructure and to the street is very important," Finkbeiner said in a response that lasted over six minutes.

City leaders say they're not going to let the Glass City lose out to the suburbs any longer. Finkbeiner said, "They want that. They don't want to see gray and dust and dark and gloom and beaten up infrastructure. They want to see good infrastructure."

This is a project the mayor says he'll attack until his term ends.

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