I'm not surprised Baltimore's sports experiment did not live up to expectations ("Grand Prix not so grand, survey of patrons shows," Oct. 19). We must figure in the balance the financial hardships dropped on Federal Hill and Locust Point by the closing of Light Street which is used by most people coming to those areas.

That is a much like condemnation of private property without just compensation. Since the city is unlikely to ante-up, I urge all of our diners to visit those areas, repeatedly, to help them balance out that very tough Labor Day weekend.

Mike Schaefer, Baltimore