And, in case the City Council missed it, these are rather lean times for a city that badly wants to spring back from the Freddie Gray debacle and needs every dime it can muster to bring jobs, improve schools, keep the streets safe, rebuild housing and failing infrastructure and upgrade public transportation, to name a few of the more obvious priorities. Yet Baltimore is facing a projected $65 million shortfall in next year's budget, and agencies have already been asked to reduce their funding requests by 5 percent. So why now? Why not study the pros and cons? Why not wait for the next mayor to decide whether this leap of faith is a worthwhile strategy or a handout to Rihanna (already coming April 9, by the way)?