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Aboard the Inner Harbor water taxi
Baltimore, Maryland — July 2014
Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

I remember when the Inner Harbor was a seedy, dirty, nasty place to be — populated with equally unsavory red-light sections, head shops, used record stores, and other marginal “businesses”.  What a change!  Now it’s bright, clean, family-friendly, and a great place to visit.

4 thoughts on “Dichotomy

  1. Peter Belenky

    I remember seeing it in 1954, when it was a real waterfront. A bugeye was tied up with a full deckload of watermelons.

    Regarding the sloop-of-war Constellation in the background, a fascinating read is “The Constellation Question,” downloadable here:

    It is a technical debate between Howard I. Chapelle and Leon D. Polland (Chapelle won!).


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      A bugeye loaded with watermelons? Wow!

      My earliest memory of the Inner Harbor was in 1977, before the massive influx of the current buildings at the waterfront. The only big building there at the time was the newly opened World Trade Center, and we tied our boat up to the empty jetty that the National Aquarium now resides upon. The Inner Harbor wasn’t the place to take your family at the time… just really unsavory.


  2. David

    I moved to Baltimore from Salt Lake City in 1986, based on eating dinner outside on a lovely evening at Harbor Place! I ended up working on the Marine Mammal Pavilion at the National Aquarium as one of the architects. I left in 1990, and have only been back once, in probably 1992 or 93. Its on my list of trips to make for a return visit.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      I really like what the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore has become, though the rest of the city needs a lot of work. By the way, the Aquarium is hideously expensive to visit these days… you’ve been warned. 🙂

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