Improving the function and aesthetic of the Toledo region.
Strategic and thoughtful urban planning and design has the power to reshape individual lives, neighborhoods and the greater city of Toledo. Great design should be a right of everyone, not a privilege of few.
We partner with community groups, neighborhood organizations and the City of Toledo to advocate for urban planning and careful design.
Using thoughtful design and strategic planning we connect ideas and people to determine how the function and aesthetic of a space can be improved.
Our staff and volunteer-based team cast a sustainable vision that upholds design standards and improves the function and aesthetic of Toledo.
Pledge Against Racial and Systemic Injustices
A core belief of the Toledo Design Collective is thoughtful planning and urban design should be a right of every person, not just a privilege of the few.
In Toledo, designing and planning with neighborhoods who have experienced disinvestment means that most of our partners are from Black and Brown communities. Once we start working in a neighborhood it becomes evident to us the sum of vibrant individuals are much greater than the statistics they represent. Systemic racism and oppression have consistently consumed these individuals and prevented them from the opportunities promised in the
“land of the free”.
The Toledo Design Collective stands firmly with the Black Lives Matter movement. The senseless murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and others throughout history have fueled a much-needed call to action for our nation to understand the depth of these injustices.
The Toledo Design Collective will not only continue to talk about these issues, we pledge to strengthen our actions in the following ways to foster more inclusive design and the elevation of People of Color.
While we acknowledge it may take time for our nation and our city to see inequities ameliorated, we believe in the catalytic potential and necessary transformation that can happen with strong alliances with our disinvested communities and a firm stance against racial injustice.
Actionable items we are taking to combat systemic inequities:
- We will continuously strive for and push the limits for how we can engage with neighborhood residents and
- We acknowledge the need to diversify our board. We will no longer use the excuse that there are few black architects or planners in NW Ohio. We will look outside these professions to bring more perspectives to our board and our planning.
- Our commitment to mentorship will more strategically work with our partners to encourage a new generation of designers from the Black and Brown communities we serve.
- We will amplify the voices of People of Color every chance we have, and we will continue to educate our board on systemic injustices.
- We will actively stand up against racist comments heard in our communities or in meetings.
Vistula Neighborhood Plan
As Toledo’s oldest neighborhood, Vistula struggles with transience and vacancy but remains vital as an extension of downtown Toledo and has great opportunity to connect residents to the Maumee Riverfront.View Project