The Preakness should move to Laural. The Pimlico Race Course actually hurts rather than helps the local economy. We have it backward: The neighborhood surrounding Pimlico is not decaying and poor in spite of the track, but at least partly because of it.
In a recent Dan Rodricks' column, he offered three categories of Baltimoreans' views on Sheila Dixon's run for mayor. We suggest a subdivision of the "Bring Her Back" category: citizens who are not Dixon loyalists and are disappointed by her ethical lapses, but consider her petty personal avarice outweighed by her greater public virtues. Let us compare her to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
September's Star-Spangled Spectacular drew 1.43 million people who spent $164 million on hotel rooms, meals and entertainment, down slightly from a similar event that kicked off War of 1812 bicentennial commemorations in 2012, according to a report released Tuesday.
The incident near the Inner Harbor began with a jubilant 8-year-old reaching from her wheelchair to pet a horse in the Baltimore Police Department's mounted unit. It ended with the horse maiming the child's hand – according to a $1 million lawsuit filed by her family.
The Baltimore Running Festival consistently generates about $40 million in economic impact each year, according to official estimates, and at its peak, the Grand Prix of Baltimore pumped $47 million into area hotels, restaurants and stores. But city officials say this week's Star-Spangled Spectacular — which marks 200 years since troops in Baltimore beat back a British invasion in 1814 — could surpass all those totals.
Emergency work to shore-up eroded soil near the Cold Spring light rail station will force the closure of it and two others -- Mt. Washington and Woodberry -- for three weeks, the Maryland Transit Administration said Wednesday.
Baltimore is seeing live, multi-day sports events on the two weekends that kick off and close summer — Memorial Day (lacrosse) and Labor Day (the Baltimore Grand Prix) — dissolve right before our eyes. If the city and sports community can't find a way to do for sports championships what Omaha has done for college baseball, it will lose out on a significant revenue stream and a chance to show off our city to thousands.
Three delegates — Keiffer Mitchell Jr., Keith Haynes and Melvin Stukes – are competing for a single seat in the Maryland House, the result of redistricting. District 44A is the smallest in the city, but the race is perhaps the most fiercely contested.
Two politically-connected firms are lobbying for a multimillion-dollar contract to overhaul the city's water-billing system — a once-in-a-generation effort Baltimore officials say could help end the chronic problem of wildly erroneous bills.
Baltimore tourism leaders will have to find another way to draw visitors over Labor Day weekend after the Grand Prix of Baltimore was canceled. They are focused on more sporting events and filling up the dead time of winter.