A bicycle criterium race series would bring lots of excitement, athletes of all abilities, and could be pulled of for a scant fraction of the price tag. Take a hint from the Baltimore Running Festival/Baltimore Marathon.
What started as a simple marathon is now a huge, nationally acclaimed, world renown, destination running event. Of course from the start, the event involved minimal tax payer dollars and is largely self funded by sponsors and entry fees.
People forget the Tour De France has been a huge successful bike race for 99 years now. Bike racing is big & growing, if done right.
Combine this with a ciclovìa and I think you'd have a very popular event.
Baltimore has so much positive that it can use to publicize it, such as the museums which abound in the City and have some fantastic collections. There are great restaurants that represent most of the nations of the world and do it wonderfully. There is the architectural wonders of the city, the green lime Methodist Church on North Charles Street by the Washington Monument, which introduced battery powered electricity when it was build in the 19th Century. The wonderful old Belvedere Hotel and a walk along North Calvert Street that is being redeveloped and returned to a wonderful neighborhood. Baltimore is the ideal walking city and with the museums, restaurants and magnificent architecture, it is a city of many cultures and designs. One block you can be in Paris, while in another some Dutch city and another down town London. Much to see and much to enjoy.
I think the Baltimore city gov needs to focus on renovating others areas of the city like Howard Street corridor for starters. It is hard to bring people into your city and expect them to spend money, if you don't have a variety of things to do. That area could house retail stores, restaurants etc. Harbor East, the Inner Harbor and Fells Point have been renovated to death. Let's start investing in other rich, diverse areas of Baltimore. The Mayor helped put in a new crime camera yesterday, really, that doesn't help. I think Baltimore Has the potential to be a great city.
melissa_schober A focus on schools. A SERIOUS focus. Also, a transparent plan for citywide fiscal monitoring.
sidewalkperspec How about nothing?
mikesgoodtweets a quiet labor day weekend.
Donald Nichols reduce crime, clean the streets, elect honest politicians