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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2011
Bluegrass, Jimmy's Famous Seafood and Ryleigh's make a good showing at Baltimore Grand Prix. I had a good time at the Baltimore Grand Prix . I'll share the same observation about the environment within the race grounds that I would about a restaurant I was reviewing. People were having a good time. I think the crowd for this event  was highly self-selecting. That created a crowd almost entirely free of grousers and malcontents. I was very pleased to see Baltimore restaurants represented within the grounds.
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NEWS
August 8, 2014
Whatever the reason for Brenda McKenzie's decision to leave as head of the Baltimore Development Corporation after just two years, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake made a shrewd move by recruiting City Councilman William H. Cole IV to take her place. Ms. McKenzie never fully gelled with the downtown business community that has traditionally been the BDC's chief constituency, but Mr. Cole, who has represented the central business district for two terms on the council, has immediate credibility in that area.
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SPORTS
September 7, 2011
As long time fans of the CART racing series, which has evolved into the Indy Car Racing League, and as race attendees in Denver, Toronto, Mid-Ohio and Road America over the years, my husband and I were thrilled when the city of Baltimore announced its intention to host an Indy Grand Prix. For its inaugural effort, Baltimore did a fantastic job. Though some kinks need to be worked out (fan entrance and exit fluidity, additional race car passing zones), Baltimore was in some ways superior to other race venues we have been to. The grandstands were easily accessible.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
Nearly a year after the last race car whizzed down Baltimore's streets, the Grand Prix Indycar race is still costing the city money.  On Wednesday, city officials are set to authorize a $485,000 payment to P. Flanigan & Sons Inc. for road work done in 2011 and 2012 for the Baltimore Grand Prix.  The company's road work ended up being more expensive than anticipated, but city transporation officials didn't immediately bring the increased costs...
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By Don Markus, Peter Hermann and Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2011
Among the tens of thousands of fans who came this weekend for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix were a large number of racing rookies. They were attracted for a variety of reasons -- fast cars, a party atmosphere and the idea of supporting their hometown. For Tim Trochimowicz of Pasadena, it was the free tickets he won in a raffle outside the local Giant supermarket. "There was a band playing outside the Giant and people were putting their cards in for a raffle," Trochimowicz recalled.
SPORTS
April 20, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blakewould like to see the grand prix bring Baltimore to world's attention. However, last year the Ravens brought Baltimore to the world's attention when it was in the AFC championship game. I hope we stay with a winner! Jim Holechek, Baltimore
NEWS
September 6, 2012
As the dust settles and rain washes away the last vestiges of this year's Baltimore Grand Prix, I hope everyone reflects on the past few days in a way that allows them to see the potential and excitement of this event, rather than spend time complaining about what went wrong ("After Grand Prix, crews hustle to clear streets," Sept. 4). I moved to Baltimore from Paris, France, in 1998, and I'm originally from Montreal, Canada, a city that hosts its own Grand Prix (albeit of the Formula 1 kind)
SPORTS
December 10, 2011
The extent of the financial liabilities of the Baltimore Grand Prix promoters is a continuing revelation, but let's face it: The race had "bad idea" written all over it from the beginning ("Papers say Grand Prix debts over $12 million," Dec. 8). Yes, the event generated some revenue for downtown hotels and restaurants, but has anyone calculated the cost to the environment? And what was the expense of tying up the downtown for months in advance and virtually shutting it down the first day of the race?
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Peter Schmuck | June 3, 2014
There is no near-term downside to the Baltimore area enjoying a week at the center of the golf universe in late July. The inaugural LPGA International Crown, which will bring together 32 top women from eight countries for a new-concept team competition at Caves Valley Golf Club, is going to be a major event with significant global reach. And we're not even going to have to tear up any light rail tracks or turn downtown into a traffic nightmare to make it possible. There are no major infrastructure issues like the ones that made the Baltimore Grand Prix such a tough sell and there is nothing to boil the blood of local commuters and jilted business owners - just a classy showcase event at a classy location that will show off both Baltimore City and Baltimore County to millions of potential visitors worldwide.
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From Sun staff reports | March 22, 2014
Justin Boston will start on the pole for today's ARCA Mobile 200 after recording the fastest time during pole qualifying Friday night. Boston, in the No. 25 ZLOOP Computer & Electronics Recycling Toyota, won his third Menards pole award, with the other two coming at Salem Speedway during the 2013 season. "We came here for one reason and that's to win the race," said Boston, a Boys' Latin alumnus from Baltimore County. He will be joined on the front row by Mason Mitchell in the No. 98 Thermal Technology Services Ford.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | January 6, 2014
Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a chain of Hawaiian coffee and smoothie shops, has opened a store on Joppa Road in Towson. Franchisees Mike and Amanda Pyne have moved up to a permanent location after operating a Maui Wowi mobile cart since 2011. The shop in Radio Park on Joppa Road sells gluten-free smoothies, snacks, baked goods and coffee drinks made with Hawaiian espresso beans. With the mobile cart, the Pynes have worked events such as the Baltimore Grand Prix, fundraisers for Pets on Wheels and John Hopkins Children's Center and the Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival.
NEWS
December 12, 2013
Timothy D. Armbruster argues that Baltimore suffers from "three tyrannies" that prevent the city from reaching its full potential ( "Baltimore's three tyrannies," Dec. 9). In his opinion, the three ultimately boil down to not thinking ambitiously enough about its future. He knows the city extremely well and has been at the heart of so many of its improvements while leading the Goldseker Foundation for 34 years, which is why I find his assessment so troubling. It is a matter of public record that some of the city's grandest projects are its biggest failures, siphoning vital tax revenue away from core city services and limiting the opportunity for reforms with a real potential to attract new residents and jobs, like lowering the city's sky-high property tax rate.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
During its three-year run, Baltimore's Grand Prix IndyCar race cost the city about $1.4 million in increased staffing, overtime and related expenses. City officials disclosed the staffing costs in response to a Maryland Public Information Act request filed by The Baltimore Sun. Related expenses include items such as feeding workers during the event and purchasing ear plugs for them. When a major event is held in Baltimore, the city has to pay overtime for police, transportation workers, firefighters, paramedics and others to handle the needs of thousands of people in one place.
SPORTS
September 24, 2013
I guess we should be used to the ongoing incompetence and mismanagement that is Baltimore City, but it certainly is a depressing spectacle to watch our city "leaders" stumble from one screw-up to the next. I was thrilled when we finally got a first-class race event (for Americans, anyway) with the Baltimore Grand Prix, and I was looking forward to a long run as a successful race venue with other famous racing venues like Long Beach and Montreal. But leave it to the incompetent half-wits down at City Hall to pull the plug just when the ball finally started rolling ("City moves to replace Grand Prix of Baltimore," Sept.
SPORTS
September 23, 2013
Detractors of the Baltimore Grand Prix (or most things) typically speak in broad terms using "no one liked" or "everyone was glad to see it go. " These are typically false misnomers which apply only to their disgruntled clique of friends. I have friends who live in the immediate vicinity of the Baltimore Grand Prix who absolutely loved the event, and these are not car people. Thirty or so years ago, James Rouse's plan for the Inner Harbor had it's share of detractors, most of whom wouldn't dare admit as much today.
SPORTS
September 20, 2013
With the cancellation of the Baltimore Grand Prix next year, The Sun got exactly what it wanted. The demise of that race. Champagne all around! Baltimore is a "blue collar" town and it proved it. Very sad. Randall Miller, Ocean View, Del.
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