Downtown Baltimore is transformed into a high-speed raceway for Indy-style cars. The three-day event will feature the Indy 500 and IZOD IndyCar Series, as well as the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.
December 10, 2011
Wonderful. After just hearing that Baltimore wants or needs to cut back on the fire department, the taxpaying citizens of this city discover the organizers of the Baltimore Grand Prix owe $12 million to the city, state and others ("Papers say Grand Prix debts over $12 million, Nov. 8,2011)?
Unbelievable — or maybe it is believable.
Roberta Ross, Baltimore
Take a look at today's Sun story about the deplorable mess the Grand Prix is creating -- virtually shutting off businesses, offices, residents, pedestrians and travel throughout the city.
The event is even being given bad reviews by some of the participating race drivers, who complain they can't try out the unfinished course and question the validity of the site.
I agree with RussSharpe. Folk in Baltimore need to be more open-minded to oppurtunities/events such as this one that has the potential of raising this City's reputation to the next level!
Just think - years ago events like the Baltimore Marathon/Running Fesitval were welcomed with skepticism ... and, yes, it is inconvenient for similiar (albeit one day) road closures. But look - that event has attracted national and international attention! This is one small example. Please give the Baltimore Grand Prix the same chance. If you don't, Baltimore will always be known as a "Wire"-town.
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