There needs to be a wider vision for the proposed slots parlor on Russell Street. Moving the Preakness to a new world-class facility in the Camden-Carroll industrial park would reinforce the slots parlor opposite Russell Street and feed off the success of Camden Yards.

Also, adjacent to the site is the mouth of the Gwynns Falls that empties into Ridgley's Cove. This presents an opportunity to restore a natural landscape feature and demonstrate Baltimore's leadership in environment and recycling. It would create more activity, jobs and revenue than a mere box building and parking lot like the one in Perryville.

Brian Kelly, Baltimore

The writer is an architect at John Milner Associates in Alexandria, Va., who is currently working on the restoration of Camden Station and the Warehouse at Camden Yards for the Maryland Stadium Authority.