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Dan Rodricks | August 28, 2014
What a difference four decades, a bad number, the war on drugs and reality television made: In 1975, National Geographic magazine devoted 27 glossy pages to the hidden charms of Baltimore. In 2014, the National Geographic Channel devotes an hour to the city's degeneracy and proclaims Baltimore "the Heroin Capital of America. " Some Baltimoreans might have saved that old National Geographic, from February 1975, because it provided a great boost to the civic ego. Numerous photographs accompanied Fred Kline's glowing prose.
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Dan Rodricks | August 28, 2014
What a difference four decades, a bad number, the war on drugs and reality television made: In 1975, National Geographic magazine devoted 27 glossy pages to the hidden charms of Baltimore. In 2014, the National Geographic Channel devotes an hour to the city's degeneracy and proclaims Baltimore "the Heroin Capital of America. " Some Baltimoreans might have saved that old National Geographic, from February 1975, because it provided a great boost to the civic ego. Numerous photographs accompanied Fred Kline's glowing prose.
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June 15, 2011
It is time to recycle this once proud and true Baltimore landmark, Harborplace ("Phillips leaving Harborplace," June11). It has served its purpose well, and with Jim Rouse's and Mayor Schaefer' vision took a once languishing passing through town and made it a destination city, attracting in some years even more people than Disney World. Now our great city is again on the decline, it is aging, and but for the Grand Prix, it is boring. So it is time once again to leverage our unique harbor assets to bring Baltimore out of the desert to soar once again.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2014
Baltimore officials said the owners of Harborplace are moving closer to renovating the signature Inner Harbor properties, which have faded since their celebrated opening more than 30 years ago into a collection of stores dominated by chain restaurants, souvenir sellers and vendors of cold desserts. City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young said he expects Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. to be able to meet a three-year deadline for the upgrades that was part of a lease extension signed in 2012.
BUSINESS
June 8, 2012
Ripley's Believe It or Not, one of the first of several new tenants opening for the summer tourist season at Harborplace in downtown Baltimore, will open Saturday in the Light Street Pavilion. Ripley Entertainment Inc. said exhibits at the Inner Harbor "odditorium" will include Harry Potter's Hogwarts Castle made out of 600,000 matchsticks, a Mini Cooper car covered with one million Swarovski crystals, a one ton U.S. Lincoln penny made from 10,000 copper pennies and an art gallery with displays such as a portrait of Justin Bieber, made out of licorice and gummy bears.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2011
Harborplace & The Gallery has added another new tenant as the downtown Baltimore shopping complex continues efforts to appeal to more area residents and businesspeople as well as to tourists. The shopping center announced Wednesday that IT'SUGAR, a candy shop, will occupy a 3,100-square-foot space on the first floor of the Pratt Street Pavilion this summer. The candy store is the latest business to announce that it's moving to Harborplace, which had lost some of its highest-profile tenants during the recession.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2010
After 30 years of performing, Vince Tabron still gets a rush when his singing puts a smile on the face of an audience member. Part Harmony, Tabron's five-member a cappella group, will be among a slew of scheduled entertainment this weekend to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Harborplace, a group of shops and restaurants that have become the focal point of Baltimore's famed Inner Harbor. Part Harmony has been among the street performers performing at Harborplace since 1985. "Everything has grown so vast," said Tabron, a 50-year-old Owings Mills resident who works in the parts department for a car dealership.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2012
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is now open at Harborplace. The restaurant and market takes over the old Phillips anchor space. The restaurant will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is owned by Houston-based Landry's Inc, which refers to itself as "America's biggest dining, hospitality and entertainment company. " Their holdings include casinos, resorts, hotels and such formerly independently owned restaurants groups as McCormick & Schmick's and Morton's the Steakhouse.
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By Stephen J.K. Walters | September 23, 2012
If you haven't been to Harborplace lately, stop by. It's had some work done. And like many facelifts, the beauty of this one surely depends on the eye of the beholder. Suburban mall rats will feel right at home. The Light Street pavilion features chain retailers like Urban Outfitter, chain restaurants like Hooters, and even a chain tourist attraction in Ripley's Believe It or Not "Odditorium" (one of 32 nationwide). Pratt Street's offerings also skew generic (featuring, e.g., one of 170 extant Cheesecake Factories)
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2011
Phillips last day at Harborplace is Sept. 18 The iconic Maryland seafood restaurant will end it 31-year tenure in the Light Street Pavilion after the Sunday dinner service on Sept 18. Phillips will reopen in the nearby Power Plant Live balding in the space vacated by the ESPN Zone, sometime this fall. No firm date has been announced for the reopening, and no details about arrangements for the restaurant's employees were available.
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November 30, 2013
Dan Rodricks ' column ( "A remade Inner Harbor should be for locals," Nov. 24) was so very spot on. The Inner Harbor has become a place for tourists and out-of-town visitors, rarely utilized by city residents. To truly thrive, it needs to be more citizen-centered and resident-focused. In preparation for Thanksgiving, I spent hours at the Belvedere Square Market shopping at locally owned and sourced stores. Yet Harborplace is much closer to where I live. I could have been spending my money there.
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Dan Rodricks | November 23, 2013
Be honest: You don't go to the Inner Harbor as much as you think you do. You go when you have visitors from out of town. You go when there's a big event, such as last year's Star-Spangled Sailabration, with all those tall ships and the Blue Angels. You might go during the holidays, or when your company springs for a dinner cruise. Even people who live or work within easy walking distance of the harbor don't get there as much as they think they do. Have I got that about right?
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November 17, 2013
Despite all the changes that have come to Baltimore since the Harborplace pavilions opened more than 30 years ago, the Inner Harbor remains the city's crown jewel. Neither the opening of the best baseball stadium in America nor the rise of Harbor East has dethroned it as Baltimore's identifying feature, the one that is bound to be shown on TV every time a blimp is hovering over a Ravens game. Nonetheless, there remains no doubt that it can be improved. Some parts, after these decades, have become careworn.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Louis E. Schmidt, a retired state assistant attorney general who was an acting secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 29 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 87 and lived in Sparks. Born in Baltimore and raised in Pimlico, he was the son of George Schmidt, an architect, and Mary Hemmeter, a homemaker. His father died when he was 1 year old. After the 1929 market crash, his mother lost her home and savings, and he was sent to live with relatives.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella | July 12, 2013
Harley-Davidson of Baltimore has come to the Inner Harbor. But the Baltimore County dealership is selling t-shirts at Harborplace, not Harleys. The new store in the Pratt Street Pavilion carries Harley-Davidson branded t-shirts, apparel and souvenirs. It's  seen as a way for the Pulaski Highway dealer to grow its business. "The Inner Harbor reaches many visitors to Baltimore," said Donald Meyers Jr., president of Harley-Davidson of Baltimore, in an announcement. "Now they can take home a piece of the Harley-Davidson iconic brand with a Baltimore theme.
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Dan Rodricks | July 4, 2013
Baltimoreans are having another argument. This one is over Harbor Point and whether City Hall should sell $107 million in bonds and use the money to aid the development of a billion-dollar project on what has been called the primo piece of commercial real estate on the East Coast. I've been involved in these arguments for years, friends, and here's what I've learned: Right or wrong, you can't beat City Hall. City Hall likes to give money to millionaires and sweeten deals. It's what they do over there, and it's what happens in the capitalist democracy we celebrate on the Fourth of July.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
The New York real estate firm that purchased Harborplace in November paid close to $100 million for the iconic Inner Harbor shopping center, according to Baltimore land records. Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp., through an affiliate company called AAC HP Realty LLC, spent $98.5 million to buy the two shopping pavilions from General Growth Properties, records show. AAC borrowed $76 million from UBS Real Estate Securities Inc. to finance the transaction, records show. Although news of the sale of Harborplace did not become public until last fall, Ashkenazy and General Growth, according to land records, entered into a sale agreement in March.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2012
Baltimore's annual Summer Restaurant Week starts on Friday, but you can get a taste of what's to come this Wednesday at Harborplace. Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Visit Baltimore and Harborplace & The Gallery are kicking off the seventh annual summer dining promotion with a "First Course/Appetizer Challenge on the lower level of the Light Street Pavilion. The public will be able to cast their vote for the People's Choice winner, and a distinguished panel of judges -- including Reagan Warfield from MIX 106.5, Sheldon Dutes from WBAL-TV and Jen Marsh from City Paper -- will critique the appetizer on taste, presentation, creativity and overall appeal.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2013
J. Paul's at Harborplace is throwing a patio party Thursday night. The $25 ticket includes "heavy appetizers," house wine, rail drinks and Natty Boh cans. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will benefit Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore, a privately funded, non-profit residential program for children-in-need. The patio party is at 5:30-8 p.m. on May 30 at J. Paul's , 301 Light St. For information call 410) 659-1889 or go to www.bhghbaltimore.org. #sigshell { padding: 10px; float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
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