Baltimore's Grand Prix should make us proud

As the dust settles and rain washes away the last vestiges of this year's Baltimore Grand Prix, I hope everyone reflects on the past few days in a way that allows them to see the potential and excitement of this event, rather than spend time complaining about what went wrong ("After Grand Prix, crews hustle to clear streets," Sept. 4).

I moved to Baltimore from Paris, France, in 1998, and I'm originally from Montreal, Canada, a city that hosts its own Grand Prix (albeit of the Formula 1 kind). I believe that even with all it's imperfections, bruised egos and political quagmire, the Baltimore race is a huge benefit for our city that we can build on.

As someone who moved here long enough ago to remember the atrocious murder rate, the negative press and a downtown Baltimore that wasn't nearly as pretty, promising or happy as it now appears poised to become, I am proud of what this city is trying to accomplish. As people who live here, we should all stand a little taller and feel a little prouder.

There are only a handful of cities worldwide that can boast of a Grand Prix three-day event. Race car driving is an expensive, flashy and very media friendly sport. It is glamorous and alluring and it provides an energy that gets people really excited. This is why the sport has such a huge following around the world.

Visibility brings business, business drives the economy and anyone who professes to care about making things better in Baltimore should care about and support this event.

Monyka Berrocosa, Baltimore

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