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Inner Harbor 2.0: What An Updated Inner Harbor Might Look Like
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November 15, 2013
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor started to take a new shape 40 years ago. When the National Aquarium opened in 1981, 8 years later, then-Mayor Willian Donald Schaefer, who was the driving force behind transforming the old industrial area into a tourist attraction and economic hub spoke to WBAL about what the National Aquarium would mean. He said, "It will bring people here from all over the world, but I think the people in this city know that it’s their aquarium. They voted for it, they paid for it and they’re the ones that will primarily benefit from it."
More than 30 years later, Baltimoreans are still benefitting from the National Aquarium. And, they benefit from the millions of tourism dollars that the Inner Harbor brings to the city.
The city and some civic leaders, including the Waterfront Partnership and the Greater Baltimore Committee, have created a plan that they say will help ensure the Inner Harbor continues to attract tourists and their pocketbooks to the city for years to come. It’s the first big proposed overhaul since the Inner Harbor was first dreamt up 40 years ago.
With Sheilah to talk about it is Donald Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee.
You can find the full Inner Harbor 2.0 plan here at the Waterfront Partnership website.