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Baltimore's future could turn on a wheel

The Ferris wheel is the tallest of its kind in North America, its owners say.

My daughter attends Baltimore City College High School and studies French there. A recent assignment required the students to create a video montage promoting visitors to the French town of the student’s choosing, and a lovely montage of Lille was created. My daughter mentioned, in passing, while we watched her video, that all the great cities and towns in France have Ferris wheels. Indeed, they are found in great cities everywhere, we concluded, after some reflection.

This led my thoughts back to our own town: Wouldn’t that be fabulous, our very own observation wheel (as they’re alternately referred)? Picture it, right on the Inner Harbor, perhaps, maybe Rash Field? A fun complement to Vollis Simpson’s Giant Whirligig, just a hair down Key Highway, outside the American Visionary Art Museum? And imagine both the local and tourist traffic lining up for their turn at a view of the fabulous Baltimore skyline, the majestic Key Bridge, the rooftop of the B&O Railroad Museum, the huge, proud American flag waving atop Federal Hill?

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Endless sights would be enjoyed, up high, spinning round, taking in the wonder of our city. In the spirit of William Donald Schaefer, and all the unique visionaries who hope for the best and believe in the possibilities of our town, I think it is time to consider a Ferris wheel of our own here in Baltimore.

Jenny Clarke Hubbard, Baltimore

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