North Towne in Toledo, Ohio

I was raised in and I have made my home in an area of Toledo known known as North Towne. Originally part of Washington Township in suburban Toledo, Ohio, the area that became known as North Towne was annexed to the City of Toledo in the 1960s.

North Towne is bounded on the north by the Ohio/Michigan border, on the east by Detroit Avenue, on the south by Laskey Road, and on the west by a railroad spur line just west of Lewis Avenue and east of Jackman Road going north and continuing with an imaginary line to the Ohio/Michigan border.

Growth came to North Towne in the 1950s and steadily continued through the 1970s. The houses of the area reflect the popular designs of that time. Ranches, split-levels, and neo-colonial cottages are the dominant architectural styles. Many of the houses sit on large lots with broad front lawns, while the street system is laid on a grid pattern with limited access to major streets.

Situated in the center of North Towne is Mayfair Park, which features a baseball diamond, tennis courts, and a playing field. Fort Meigs Sertoma Park, also near central North Towne, has a baseball diamond, basketball court and tennis court for recreation.

North Towne is home to many commercial businesses. Alexis Road serves as the commercial corridor for the neighborhood, and many restaurants, small plazas and shops can be found all along this entire road that transverses the entire north side of Toledo, Ohio.

At the the intersection of Alexis and Lewis Roads alone, there is the North Towne Commons Shopping Center on the south side and the Alexis Park Shopping Center on the north side of that intersection. These two strip shopping centers provide lots of shopping opportunities to the community with a Kroger, a Target, a variety of retail stores, many restaurants including a Golden Corral, Lowe’s Home Improvement, The Home Depot, and many more retail goods and service establishments.

However, the former North Towne Square Mall that had opened in 1980 on the northeast corner of Alexis and Telegraph Roads was almost totally vacant by 2002, was closed down in 2005, demolished in 2013, and is now vacant land. The Super Fitness Center that occupied the mall’s former Montomery Ward anchor was not affected by the demolition.

From 1949 until 1957, North Towne had been the home of Raceway Park on the south side of Alexis Road between Telegraph Road and Detroit Avenue (aka Dixie Avenue) where Toledoans enjoyed stock car and midget car races and also demolition derbies. Then in 1958, Raceway Park was converted to a horse track where people enjoyed horse races on the weekends until 2013. In 2016, Ann Arbor Railroad bought the property, leveled it, paved it, fenced it in, and turned it into a new car storage faciity from which newly manufactured cars are trucked out to various retail sales locations throughout the country.

North Towne contains many of North and West Toledo’s major streets. Alexis Road runs east to Toledo’s industrial sector, another shopping center, hotels, restaurants, and the Point Place neighborhood, while the road heads west to Sylvania. Laskey Road also runs west to the Miracle Mile Shopping Center, and joins with Detroit Avenue to the east. Interstate 75 is accessed via the nearby on ramps east on Alexis Road or south off Detroit Avenue.

The average estimated value of detached houses in 2015 in North Towne was approximately $81,000.00. Approximately 9,300 people live in the neighborhood, and the median annual household income in 2015 for the North Towne community was $38,367.00.

Learn more about the North Towne Demographics at City-Data.com.

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About Roland Louis Hansen

I have been: an organization development consultant; a college-level instructor of political science, psychology, and sociology; a public administrator; a social worker; an elected official; a political operative; a community activist; a union official; a shoe salesman and manager, a factory worker; a fast food restaurant employee; and, a custodian.
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2 Responses to North Towne in Toledo, Ohio

  1. Judy Hansen says:

    One needs to know where they came from to get a better idea of where to go! A true history of an area is important for future generations. It also serves as a reminder to help us remember the way it was.

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  2. cwmartin13 says:

    Very interesting. I love urban histories, even if the only thing I really know about Toledo is Tony Packo’s!

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