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Pimlico neighbors reflect on Preakness, location & history

For 142 years Pimlico race track has been home to the Preakness, one of the premier horse races in the country.

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- For 142 years Pimlico race track has been home to the Preakness, one of the premier horse races in the country.

However, just across the street the historic neighborhood has been overrun with crime. One of the options for staying is redeveloping the entire neighborhood.

Gregory Branch is one of the area’s residents who is investing in his community.

“I have a great view” Branch says, “I wake up and watch the horses run in the morning,”

Branch and his son love living across the street. He says the history of the neighborhood is part of what makes Pimlico so special. “You have a large Jewish population on one side, a large African American community on this side,” Branch says, “why would you want to get rid of us? It wouldn't be Preakness anymore. If they want to get rid of us forget the deal, we're staying.”

Roger's Market sits on the corner across from the track, the store’s owner, Chun Choe says his business increases at least 30 percent on race day.

“They need to stay here, it’s good for everybody."

Branch says without the Preakness the community wouldn't be the same, “In the long run the city will miss out on the revenue. People are constantly moving outside of Baltimore so it would be foolish to try to push even more people out of Baltimore.”

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