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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 03/01/2012

Will kitsch save the Baltimore’s Harborplace?


When Baltimore’s Inner Harbor was redeveloped in the late 1970s and early ’80s, it was called an “urban miracle.” At the time, inner cities around the country were declining everywhere, and nobody expected a run down place like Baltimore to succeed. But it did, with a winning combination of cultural activities, shopping, and dining that made the Inner Harbor one of Maryland’s greatest tourist destinations.

Since 1980 the centerpiece of the Inner Harbor has been the Harborplace Mall, a pair of two-story shopping pavilions that frame the waterfront.

But the problem with malls is that after about 30 years they start to get pretty dated. At 32, Harborplace is surviving thanks to its central location, but it’s no longer pulling in the most desirable tenants. High-paying stores that once might have located in Harborplace are now going elsewhere, such as Lockwood Place and the Power Plant.

[Continue reading Dan Malouff’s post at BeyondDC.]

Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at BeyondDC.com. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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