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Inner Harbor Eiffel Tower?

Inner Harbor Eiffel Tower?

No doubt the city and the Baltimore Development Corp. are right that the Inner Harbor, like any tourist attraction, needs updating every now and then. But some of the proposals they've gotten for a new signature structure feel a bit random — more like the latest version of the "Man/Woman" sculpture at Penn Station than Baltimore's answer to the Eiffel Tower.

A 13-story tall "aerophare" that would take a dozen passengers at a time up to an observation point near the Light Street Pavilion would be striking but alien. There is nothing about it that says "Baltimore." The same goes for a giant Ferris wheel (that's either Chicago, where the first one was...