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Ridding Toledo of blight is going to require enacting new laws and making targeted investments, community development expert Terry Glazer said in a speech to the Toledo Rotary Club Monday.

Mr. Glazer, the chief executive officer of United North Community Development Corp., said revitalizing Toledo neighborhoods is good for regional business, but he said the neighborhoods need help dealing with poverty, population loss, and perceptions about high crime and poor school quality.

“When you have limited resources you have to target your investment,” Mr. Glazer said. “While it’s great to have Tidy Towns and try to clean up blighted areas, I believe we have to have three or four neighborhoods selected based on criteria and comprehensively invest in those areas for two or three years.”

About 100 people were on hand for the speech at the club’s meeting in the Park Inn hotel downtown.