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Don't sell off Baltimore's heritage, flaunt it instead

Tourism and LeisureOriole Park at Camden YardsInner HarborEdgar Allan Poe House and Museum

Baltimore is one of the oldest cities in the United States, with a wealth of history and historical landmarks. It's amazing how the City Council thinks it owns those historic landmarks ("Ownership isn't the issue," April 4). How presumptuous of them to sell or lease the city's heritage to fill its coffers. A new low has been achieved in this city's politics with this idea.

They seem to forget the people own the landmarks, not the City Council, not MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake, Not the governor but the people. There are other ways to raise funds. The city's tourism department should encompass all of the historical landmarks. They need to get off of their duffs, do some work for a change and come up with some ideas to attract tourists to Baltimore.

For example, they might get volunteers to dress in period costumes at each landmark around the city telling what happened at each location. Get some character actors out there, perhaps a high school student who could earn community service points or college students, especially history majors, who could earn internship credit. There are a lot of seniors who would be delighted to be in costume, too, and who probably have a wealth of information. We have trolleys and free buses which can be used — included in the price of tours — to ferry tourists and local residents who want to learn about Baltimore's rich history.

Sell the War Memorial and forget those who gave their lives so the slackers of the city can collect their paycheck for doing nothing?

Sell the Civil War Museum which was once part of the Presidents Street Station from which the 6th Massachusetts Regiment, heading to Camden Yards, drew the first blood of the Civil War, as well as the Edgar Allen Poe House and his grave? The City does not need these either? While they are at it, why not sell the Inner Harbor, The Shot Tower, theU.S.S. Constellation, the Basilica and the Lloyd Street Synagogue? We do not need any of these landmarks. They are only a part of Baltimore's history. Sell the whole city. That should bring in a nice fat sum of money.

We have a rich and long heritage which should be flaunted to bring people into the city to learn about Baltimore's contribution to the founding and preservation of our country rather than selling it off because the politicians are greedy, stupid, and lazy.

Charles, Pikesville

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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