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Globalization: The Urban Crisis and Economic Democracy
Toledo, China and Globalization
By Timothy Williams
TOLEDO, Ohio — The realization was as surprising as it was momentous. Toledo, long known as Glass City, needed glass, and it could no longer be manufactured here quickly enough.
Toledo's mayor, Michael P. Bell, says he has tried to educate residents about the need for foreign investment and the importance of building personal relationships.
So Toledo turned to China to make the 360 panels, 1,300 pounds each, needed for an extension to the Toledo Museum of Art. Some here resented the move after China supplanted the United States as the world’s top glass producer. But in the process, city leaders began an improbable and remarkable relationship.
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