Other cities’ waterfronts get kayaking outposts, parkland, piers for strolling, or baseball diamonds. In Baltimore, we have… a mall. But that may soon change, thanks to a $120,000 study which led to an inspirational visit to New York. That’s where the president of Baltimore’s Waterfront Partnership was amazed to see a “mix of large open spaces available for just concerts or events or picnicking, Frisbee throwing.” Picnics and frisbees seemed like a nice enough idea that plans for Inner Harbor 2.0 (yes, that’s what they’re calling it) may just include cutting-edge amenities like “concessions” and “public access to the water.”
Seriously, though, a Harbor-centric upgrade sounds lovely, especially since the area hasn’t been seriously reconfigured since Harborplace and the Inner Harbor promenade were created more than a quarter-century ago.