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Baltimore: Were you Prixpared?

After months of work, Baltimore finally hosted the Grand Prix. Those of us who live here have survived the road work and other preparations -- minor inconveniences. The past few days, however, we faced the major inconveniences. One of the legal listservs I subscribe to had a number of comments from Baltimore-based firms on Thursday, most of them following a simple formula: "It usually takes me X hours to get to work in the morning, and today it took me X+2 hours. We've closed the office for tomorrow." I live in Hampden and usually go through the city to get to my office in Columbia, but since Thursday I've taken back roads to get to I-70, then to Route 29. Out of my way, but better than dealing with traffic. I hope Baltimore got a lot of money out of this deal, because there has certainly been a lot of lost income for businesses in the city. I'm sure we will come out ahead, especially with all the construction and the good advertising our city is getting. I feel a little bad I wasn't more interested in the Grand Prix. On Saturday, my family fled the Baltimore (by an alternate route, of course), and went to the D.C. zoo with a stop by the Bethesda-version of Georgetown Cupcakes (shorter lines and oh-so-worth-it). I caught the last 30 minutes of the qualification (or whatever they call it) on TV when we got home. Sunday, I spent an hour watching it, really trying to look for a reason to keep watching.

2 comments

  1. Those of us who live in South Baltimore and work in downtown would call the last year of construction in preparation for the Grand Prix a lot more than “minor inconveniences.” 40 minutes to get to my downtown office from 2 miles away? Downright ridiculous, and a demonstration of extremely poor planning.

    That being said, I’m glad the Grand Prix apparently went off smoothly. I spent some time around the race course on Sunday and enjoyed the roar of the engines, along with the general pleasantness of the day. After seeing what was going on at the race, the TV coverage was rather interesting. Baltimore needed this event to go well, and I’m glad we got this win.

  2. The each grandstand had a jumbotron across from it so you could see what was happening during the rest of the race.

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