The only thing i had previously known about Toledo is that Maxwell Klinger from M*A*S*H* had called it home. Now I know another thing about Toledo, it's kinda boring. Clean, friendly, boring... Pretty much sums it up.
Cleveland has more going for it but has a really weak downtown. Lake Erie is no Lake Michigan, Cleveland is more of a Milwaukee than a Chicago. It has the whole Pittsburgh Rust Belt look going on, but Pittsburgh had more character.
Buffalo was rainy and grey, it was full of Cubans honking horns and walking slowly across the street in a diagonal manner. The rain got worse and I moved North.