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For sake of neighbors, raze Pimlico track

In a recent editorial, The Baltimore Sun made the case for keeping the Preakness at Pimlico (“How to keep Preakness at Pimlico,” May 17). The race, indeed, serves as an “annual boost” for a poor neighborhood, but the neighborhood needs sustained development, not a once-a-year “boost” whose price is the daily fact of deserted parking lots, fences and general neglect.

Even the supposed economic benefits are illusory. The $17 million generated by the 2017 Preakness may be equivalent to 510 full-time jobs, but the “boost” does not create those full-time jobs for Park Heights residents. Given the editorial’s own data, The Sun ought to favor razing the track and building a new neighborhood, bringing jobs, schools, recreation and even fresh food to a neighborhood that deserves better than Pimlico.

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Michael Edidin, Baltimore

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