Orioles fans can finance Hilton tear-down

July 02, 2013

I read with interest the recent article which describes the financial woes of the Hilton Baltimore ("Hilton again loses millions," June 27). It seems that while the hotel is generating enough income to cover operating expenses, it can't make its debt payments. So it's not enough that this monstrosity of a building is a hideously ugly example of Soviet-style "architecture." It's not enough that it blocks the view of the city skyline that we used to enjoy at Camden Yards. Now, the only way for it to survive is for the city to dip into the general fund so that the hotel can continue to operate at a loss on the taxpayers' dime.

I have an alternative proposal: Take a poll of every Orioles fan who attends a game at Camden Yards for the next couple of months and ask them how much they would be willing to donate to a fund to tear down the Hilton. I think we might all be amazed at the amount of revenue that would be pledged to raze this abomination. Baseball fans would get their skyline back, and the city would be out from under this debt. There might even be enough left over to build something on the site that people would actually use. Something short.

Steve English, Clarksville

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