Gotcha, the company behind the downtown ToleGO bike share, is offering free bike rides on Tuesday, November 6 to make it easier for voters to “roll to the polls.” The company is doing this to address transportation barriers that often prevent people, especially young people, from voting. Use the promotional code VOTE18 on election day
Celebrities from Kanye West to Jessica Alba have been spotted wearing threads from the Rialto Jean Project. Vogue featured the company’s first collection immediately after it launched.
Bestselling author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (2017), Dr. Richard Rothstein, was the keynote speaker for the 2018 Ohio Fair Housing Summit held in downtown Toledo on September 20, to educate the public about the purposefully racist policies beginning in the early 20th century that have led to today’s segregated neighborhoods.
Toledo’s First Lady of Song, Jean Holden, has been working as a vocal coach since 1973 while singing at multiple venues since the early 1960s. Inducted into the Sylvania Distinguished Artist Hall of Fame in 2015, she continues to develop compilations with musical arranger Paul Purdue (they can be found on Spotify and YouTube).
The revitalization of Toledo’s downtown is the subject of Nick Corbin’s two-part documentary, Reclaiming Spaces. What began as Corbin’s work on a project for the Toledo Design Center became a larger endeavor, bringing a sampling of Toledo business owners into the discussion of what downtown could be.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, The Fair Housing Center and the Ohio Diversity Council will conduct an educational summit about the history, present struggles, and future of fair housing in Ohio.