While the city reviews proposals to invigorate the Inner Harbor, the Greater Baltimore Committee unveiled a vision of its own, highlighted by a pedestrian bridge that would link the north and south shores, allowing visitors for the first time to walk a complete circle around the downtown waterfront.
Leaders of the business group also proposed light and water shows for the harbor, and three different ideas for turning Rash Field on the south shore into a world-class park.
The bridge would be built high enough above the water that most sailboats and water taxis could travel underneath. It would be designed with arms that could pivot open to let tall ships and other large vessels pass through.
People would be able to stand on the bridge and look west toward the city skyline or east toward the outer harbor — a perspective available now only aboard a vessel on the water. The bridge would complete a 1.5 mile loop.
Adam Gross, a partner of the architecture firm that proposed the bridge and other improvements, said the slender span would be a sculptural element that fills a need.
"When you walk around the Inner Harbor now, you run into a dead end," he said. "This will allow for a loop around the Inner Harbor and make a stronger connection" between the south shore and the burgeoning community of Harbor East.