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Mayoral candidates differ on plans for convention center, new arena

Mayoral candidates differ on plans for convention center, new arena

The city could get a new arena — or even a downtown sports complex — depending on who voters select to be the next mayor of Baltimore.

At a forum Friday morning, five of the leading candidates took markedly different approaches when asked for their views on expanding the convention center and building a new arena.

The question was part of session hosted by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Baltimore, Inc., which drew a largely white, business crowd of about 200 to the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Friday morning. The event was focused on economic development issues, such as property taxes, public subsidies for real estate projects and...

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