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The Inner Harbor is a historic seaport, tourist attraction, and iconic landmark of the City of Baltimore. The harbor itself is actually the end of the Northwest Branch of the Patapsco River and includes any water west of a line drawn between the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Rusty Scupper restaurant. The term "Inner Harbor" is used not just for the water but for the surrounding area of the city, with approximate street boundaries of President St., Lombard St., Light St., and Key Hwy. The harbor is within walking distance of Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium and has a water taxi that connects the Inner Harbor to Fells Point, Canton, and Fort McHenry. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Port. ... A tourist attraction is a place of interest where tourists visit. ... Originally, a landmark literally meant a geographic feature used by explorers and others to find their way back or through an area. ... The Patapsco is a river in central and coastal Maryland. ... The National Aquarium in Baltimore (angular building, rear right, and 2005 extension to its left) lies near historic ships in the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore, including USS Torsk and Lightship Chesapeake. ... Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a baseball stadium located in Baltimore, Maryland ( ), which was constructed to replace the aging Memorial Stadium. ... M&T Bank Stadium is the home to the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimores National Football League franchise. ... A New York Water Taxi docks at Pier 11 near Wall Street. ... Fells Point is a neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, home to a variety of shops, restaurants, coffee bars, music stores, and over 120 pubs. ... Canton is a neighborhood located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Fort McHenry, in Baltimore, Maryland, is a star fort best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy in Chesapeake Bay. ...

The Inner Harbor is framed by both the city's skyline and its parks
The Inner Harbor is framed by both the city's skyline and its parks

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History: From commerce to culture

While Baltimore has been a major U.S. seaport since the 1700s, the historically shallow water of Baltimore's Inner Harbor (prior to manipulation through dredging) was not conducive to large ships or heavy industry, most of which was concentrated in Locust Point, Fell's Point, and Canton. The Inner Harbor was chiefly a light freight commercial port and passenger port until the 1950s, when economic shifts ended both the freight and passenger use of the Inner Harbor. Rotting warehouses and piers were eventually torn down and replaced by open, grass-covered parkland that was used for recreational purposes and occasional large events, such as city fairs and the significant 1976 bicentennial visit of tall ships. This initial renewal of the harbor area and its continued transformation into a major cultural and economic area of the city was spearheaded by Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer (1971-1987). Harborplace, the waterfront festival marketplace, officially opened on July 1, 1980. Since being reincarnated as a cultural hub, the Inner Harbor has become the home to many tourist attractions. The two anchor attractions, in addition to Harborplace, are the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Maryland Science Center. Events and trends The Bonneville Slide blocks the Columbia River near the site of present-day Cascade Locks, Oregon with a land bridge 200 feet (60 m) high. ... // Recovering from World War II and its aftermath, the economic miracle emerged in West Germany and Italy. ... William Donald Schaefer (born November 2, 1921) is an American politician who served in public office for 50 years at both the state and local level in Maryland. ... Harborplace is a festival marketplace in Baltimore, Maryland, that opened in 1980 as a centerpiece of the revival of downtown Baltimore. ... A festival marketplace was a concept of James W. Rouse (1914-1996) and the Rouse Company in the United States to revitalize downtown areas in major cities in the late 20th century. ... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Harborplace is a festival marketplace in Baltimore, Maryland, that opened in 1980 as a centerpiece of the revival of downtown Baltimore. ... The National Aquarium in Baltimore (angular building, rear right, and 2005 extension to its left) lies near historic ships in the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore, including USS Torsk and Lightship Chesapeake. ... The Maryland Science Center opened to the public in 1976, with 3 levels of exhibits and a planetarium. ...


In recent years, the area along the waterfront to the east of the Inner Harbor (in the direction of Fells Point and Little Italy) has been developed with condominiums, retail space, restaurants, and hotels; this ongoing project is known as Inner Harbor East (or simply HarborEast). Little Italy, is a neighborhood located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ...


Ongoing projects

While little development-appropriate land remains around the Inner Harbor, what land is available has attracted much interest and many plans, many of which have never been realized. In recent years, there has been a decided push by developers to construct projects on the remaining parcels. The ongoing, proposed, and recently completed projects include many mixed-use developments incorporating office space, street-level retail, and condominiums as well as some hotel projects.


Recent or proposed projects of note include Lockwood Place, a mixed-use project on Pratt St. between Market Pl. and Gay St. featuring Best Buy, Filene's Basement, and P.F. Chang's; the Ritz Carlton Residences, a condominium project on Key Hwy. at the southeast corner of the Inner Harbor; and 10 Inner Harbor, a proposed mixed-use project at southwest corner of Light and Conway Sts. that includes a 59-story tower, which would be the tallest building in Baltimore (a title currently held by the Legg Mason Building). Best Buy is sometimes called the big blue box because of the prominent design on Best Buy stores resembling a blue box. ... Filenes Basement, also called The Basement, is a Massachusetts-based chain of American department stores owned by Retail Ventures, Inc. ... P.F. Changs China Bistro, Inc. ... Ritz-Carlton is brand of luxury hotel and resort with 63 properties that are located in major cities and exclusive resort destinations of 21 countries worldwide. ... 10 Inner Harbor is a new high-rise project underway in downtown Baltimore. ... The Legg Mason Building (formerly known as the USF&G building) is a 40-story skyscraper in downtown Baltimore. ...


Significant recent events

In September 2003, the Inner Harbor area was flooded by Hurricane Isabel. The Baltimore World Trade Center remained closed for a month. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hurricane Isabel was the ninth named storm, the fifth hurricane, the second major hurricane, and the only Category 5 hurricane of the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season. ... Located on the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland, the Baltimore World Trade Center is the worlds tallest equilateral five-sided building (the five-sided JPMorganChase Tower in Houston, Texas is taller, but has unequal sides). ...


On March 6, 2004, a Seaport Taxi (now out of business and operated by the Living Classrooms Foundation) capsized in the Northwest Branch of the Patapsco River near Fort McHenry during a storm; five passengers died in the accident. While occurring over a mile downstream of the Inner Harbor, it nonetheless was associated with the Inner Harbor by news reports and casual observers. March 6 is the 65th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (66th in Leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A New York Water Taxi docks at Pier 11 near Wall Street. ... The Patapsco is a river in central and coastal Maryland. ...


Attractions in and around the Inner Harbor

The National Aquarium in Baltimore (angular building, rear right, and 2005 extension to its left) lies near historic ships in the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore, including USS Torsk and Lightship Chesapeake. ... Harborplace is a festival marketplace in Baltimore, Maryland, that opened in 1980 as a centerpiece of the revival of downtown Baltimore. ... The Baltimore Maritime Museum is a maritime museum located in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore in the United States. ... The USCGC Taney is a United States Coast Guard High Endurance Cutter, notable as the last ship floating that fought in the attack on Pearl Harbor. ... Satellite image of Pearl Harbor. ... The USS Torsk (SS-423) is one of several Tench Class submarines still located inside the United States. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Lightship Chesapeake, or more officially named Lightship 116, is a National Historic Landmark and part of the Baltimore Maritime Museum. ... Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland The Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse was built in 1856 and is the oldest screwpile lighthouse in Maryland. ... The USS Constellation constructed in 1854 is a sloop-of-war and the second United States Navy ship to carry this famous name. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... The Maryland Science Center opened to the public in 1976, with 3 levels of exhibits and a planetarium. ... Power Plant Live! is a collection of bars and clubs in the Inner Harbor section of downtown Baltimore, Maryland. ... A typical Barnes & Noble bookstore. ... Hard Rock Cafe is a chain of casual dining restaurants. ... ESPN Zone is a small chain of very large sports-theme restaurants that include arcades, TV studios, and radio studios. ... Queen Victoria (shown here on the morning of her Ascension to the Throne, 20 June 1837) gave her name to the historic era The Victorian era of the United Kingdom marked the height of the British industrial revolution and the apex of the British Empire. ... Six Flags (NYSE: SIX) is the worlds largest chain of amusement parks and theme parks and is headquartered in New York City. ... Germany Pavilion, part of the Epcot Center theme park in Orlando, Florida Amusement park (also called theme park) is the generic term for a collection of rides and other entertainment attractions assembled for the purpose of entertaining a fairly large group of people. ... Power Plant Live! is a collection of bars and clubs in the Inner Harbor section of downtown Baltimore, Maryland. ... The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is an art museum located in Baltimore, Maryland. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Located on the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland, the Baltimore World Trade Center is the worlds tallest equilateral five-sided building (the five-sided JPMorganChase Tower in Houston, Texas is taller, but has unequal sides). ... Port Discovery is the name of a Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland, childrens museum that opened in 1998. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Camden Yards Sports Complex is located in Baltimore, Maryland. ... Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a baseball stadium located in Baltimore, Maryland ( ), which was constructed to replace the aging Memorial Stadium. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4,5,8,20,22,33,42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... M&T Bank Stadium is the home to the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimores National Football League franchise. ... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot Edgar, Allan, and Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore Ravens... Sports Legends at Camden Yards is a non-profit sports museum housed in Camden Station and operated by the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum. ... For the eponymous band, see Babe Ruth (band). ... 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland USA was formerly known as the Baltimore Arena. ... The Pier Six Concert Pavilion is a music venue in Baltimores Inner Harbor. ... Formed in 1985, the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI) is part of the University System of Maryland. ... Geppis Entertainment Museum is a 16,000-square-foot facility located in downtown Baltimores historic Camden Station, directly above Sports Legends at Camden Yards and adjacent to Oriole Park at Camden Yards (part of the Camden Yards Sports Complex). ... Map showing the location of the Baltimore Visitors Center Picture of the Baltimore Visitors Center taken on opening night in May of 2004 Picture of the Baltimore Visitors Center as seen from the outside Picture of the Baltimore Visitors Center as seen from the inside The new Baltimore Visitors Center... BMI director resigns Baltimore Sun City Paper Official Website Frommers Baltimore Museums Categories: | | | | | ...

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