It's not really "cool" to like the Inner Harbor. If you're a Baltimorean, you become conditioned to not mentioning it in conversations. But we don't know why. After its first comeback in the 1970s and 1980s, we're in the middle of -- dare we say it -- another harbor renaissance, replete with new attractions (Ripley's Believe it or Not), shops (H&M), restaurants (a better Phillips) and events like the massively successful Sailabration and the unexpected Grand Prix of Baltimore. Plus, it's attractive -- nothing's better than taking visitors to town around the port, walking up to Federal Hill and back around to Harbor East. Sure, it's still plagued by occasional violence. But we residents tend to take the harbor for granted. It's time we stopped.
Algerina Perna, The Baltimore Sun