Harborplace Makeover to Include More Activity on Light Streetby Julekha Dash
Baltimore, MD – Hailed as a landmark urban redevelopment project, downtown Baltimore mall Harborplace has inspired cities throughout the world to create similar waterfront retail destinations. It was featured on the cover of Time magazine when it debuted in 1980 as the publication declared visionary developer James Rouse “the man who made cities fun again.” But in the last decade, the downtown mall lost some of its luster as other pockets of the city, like Harbor East, gained ground. It was plagued with vacancies documented in numerous newspaper articles, including one written by yours truly. In recent years, it has steadily gained new tenants like Urban Outfitters and H&M that have made the mall more appealing to locals who call downtown home and not just tourists.