I cannot believe that our mayor or any other city or state officials would even consider allotting up to $25 million for renovations at Lexington Market ("Lexington's update," April 7).

As a retired merchant with 30 years' experience at Lexington Market, I suggest management give more thought to painting and to hiring a good Realtor to bring in gourmet cheese shops and a French bakery.

The market should also offer incentives and stop the beer and liquor drinking among customers shopping in the market. Provide more security, and offer free parking for two hours or more.

Then bring back Rhebs Candy and give classes in how to treat customers, as Herling's Grocery Basket did for over 30 years. That's the way to fix up a Baltimore City landmark.

Jerry Herling

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