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New cafe, seating for Pratt Street plaza
New cafe, seating for Pratt Street plaza

The plaza in front of the Transamerica tower in downtown Baltimore is mostly a place to pass through, but officials hope new seating, a cafe, giant blocks screened with images from the Baltimore Museum of Art and other programs will persuade people to pause. The added amenities, formally introduced Wednesday, build on a Thursday farmer's market that started on the site in 2013 and are part of the Downtown Partnership's broader push to improve the Pratt Street corridor. "This is a gateway to Baltimore," said Cynthia Nikitin, senior vice president at the New York-based Project for Public Spaces Inc., which helped develop the plans with the Downtown Partnership. Nikitin...