Think big, Baltimore

The pros of Baltimore's visionary Gran Prix IndyCar race are plentiful, while the cons are petty and inconsequential.

If Baltimore can alter the "Homicide" image popularized by David Simon's successful book and television series, we'll be ahead of the game no matter how much of a profit the event ends up making.

Baltimore has really lost its luster among people we met during recent trips abroad and out west -- even in Denver, where they have done a beautiful job in successfully duplicating our downtown stadiums and Harborplace attractions.

Remember the hysteria developer Jim Rouse and Mayor William Donald Schaefer faced when Harborplace was first proposed? Let's think bigger than ourselves, for the good of the city.

S.M. Schmidt, Middle River

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