Great Baltimore comebacks [Pictures]
Everybody loves a comeback. And we've had quite a few in the past year or so. Against all odds, the Grand Prix is back with new owners and a major sponsor. Denise Whiting, whose trademark of the word "hon" cost her dearly, managed a total turnaround, thanks in no small part to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Even Power Plant Live, long a punch line for serious Baltimore drinkers, has a new look and a fresh lease on life.
Here are seven of the more spectacular turnarounds of the past 12-odd months, as well as things we wish would come back, and a few items we'd never like to see again.
-- By Sam Sessa, Jordan Bartel, Wesley Case and Brandon Weigel
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The Inner Harbor( Algerina Perna, The Baltimore Sun / November 12, 2012 )
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.