As Baltimore leaders reimagined the Inner Harbor in the 1970s, city voters amended the city charter to guard against an abundance of restaurants and shops flocking to the waterfront and hurting businesses downtown.
The amendment locked in 26 acres of open space, while also clearing the way for pioneering urban planner James Rouse to build the Harborplace pavilions along Light and Pratt streets.
Nearly 40 years later, the City Council passed legislation last week for a new charter amendment. With aides to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake saying she will sign it, the city will ask voters in November to rethink how many amenities can line the waterfront.
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