That's why it was a mistake not to jump on the Hackerman deal when he was offering to fund a portion of the convention center/arena plan. But the city dragged their feet and Hackerman passed away.
As as for the city funding projects, they've wasted much more than what it would cost to build an arena and the positives that come along with that. And throwing more money at the city's problems re: schools and crime isn't going to fix them. Now they're losing conventions, and they need to make a decision on the future of Preakness which is going to cost hundreds of millions of dollars to keep at Pimlico.
Baltimore has a problem when it comes to these things. They couldn't find a way to build good transit and they're stuck with a 60 year old arena. Hell, they couldn't even connect Route 70 to downtown Baltimore.
We need to come to grips with Baltimore being a second, maybe even third-rate city when it comes to infrastructure and civic arenas and such...and the funny thing is many of those third rate cities have newer, nicer and bigger arenas than we do.
Thank God for OPACY and M&T Bank stadium. Without them, this city would be in deep shit.
I never had friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?