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Ravens celebration needed more crowd and traffic control

The Ravens worked hard for their championship win, but the city just got lucky with its victory events. That "only" one person was stabbed and "only" two were non-lethally trampled — with an extra 200,000 excited people downtown last Tuesday — is more a testament to goodwill than to good planning ("Police believe stabbing victim was downtown for parade," Feb. 6). There were major problems with mass transit and traffic (before, during, and after the event), and people jumped barricades into the parade.

The future plan to distribute free stadium tickets is a small start. How about calling in extra police from surrounding jurisdictions (many of whose residents came into town), for crowd and traffic control?

And yes: Hold the event on a weekend so that kids can come, too — and so that officials have time to plan adequately.

Liz Simon-Higgs, Baltimore

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