May 31, 2012
Regarding concerns over safety at the Inner Harbor ("Lack of familiarity breeds contempt for Baltimore," May 27), I frequently visit the harbor and have always had a pleasant experience. That being said, there is room for improvement. The uniformed guides from the Downtown Partnership provide a worthwhile service and no doubt provide a deterrent to those who might cause problems. There is, however, a noticeable lack of police patrols. Several years ago, the patrols at the harbor were common and there were also police kiosks along the promenade.
February 14, 2012
In childhood, after church then lunch with my grandmother, I went on Sunday drives with my family throughout Baltimore. When we rode around the harbor, it looked nothing like it does today. It was a bunch of ratty docks, beat-up row houses, the Fava Fruit Company, and McCormick & Company, our favorite because of the large vanilla bottle and pepper can that sat on top of the company's Light Street building. In later years, when the Inner Harborwas redeveloped, my husband and I went down regularly for dinner and a stroll around the promenade.
January 30, 2011
Ray Bahr ought to be taking it easy. He's 75 and retired after a successful career as a cardiologist. Instead, the Canton resident finds himself prowling alleys in East Baltimore on the lookout for illegally dumped trash and goading city officials to clean up mini-landfills in back of abandoned houses. Now, the physician — who once helped launch a national movement to treat chest pain before it can lead to fatal attacks — has another sick patient, another crusade. He wants to help heal the watery heart of Baltimore — its harbor — and in the process perhaps bring a fractured city a little closer together.
February 3, 2011
The trash littering Baltimore's harbor might not seem like art to many. But for local artist Eileen Wold, it's an obvious sign of the damaged health of the waterways that define this region. The Inner Harbor and Middle Branch of the Patapsco River — debris and all — are featured subjects of a new multimedia exhibition by Wold that opened this week at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The aim of "Empty Waters," she explained, is to get people to think hard about their role in degrading the Chesapeake Bay, and especially the harbor.
July 8, 2007
Harborplace, the 27-year-old centerpiece of Baltimore's renaissance, deserves more respect. Its latest indignity? The addition of 14 kiosks along the waterfront promenade offering the kind of fare more associated with Ocean City's boardwalk than a showcase urban park. Terrific for those in need of sunglasses and tanning lotion, appalling to all who expected the Inner Harbor's open-air aesthetics to be protected from such excesses. When, oh when, will city government learn? The decision to permit Harborplace Associates Limited Partnership (the local affiliate of General Growth Properties, the firm that bought Rouse Co.)
December 7, 1991
It was all so simple in the words of the old song: "Let's remember Pearl Harbor as we go to meet the foe; let's remember Pearl Harbor as we did the Alamo." So simple to remember American boys dying, to remember a demonized foe, to remember the humiliation of defeat and the unifying vengeance that was in time to bring victory.But like the Alamo and the Maine, the circumstances that led to war in 1941 were complicated by diplomatic maneuverings and deeply embedded American notions of superiority.