But what's more surprising is that the buildings (as currently proposed) won't suck. In Baltimore we've become accustomed to new construction with a laughably tacky faux-historic aesthetic, dowdy poop-colored masonry, and squat cheap-looking massing. 300 E. Pratt St. and 414 Light St. might just raise the bar—and the roofline—to a more glamorous level. Both buildings feature sleek cladding that's refreshingly of this millennium in a good way and tall, slender proportions that will drastically improve Baltimore's stubby, chubby skyline. At 48 and 44 stories, respectively, 300 E. Pratt and 414 Light will likely rise over 500 feet. For comparison, Baltimore's tallest building (built in 1973) is the 40-story, 529-foot Transamerica Tower. Their impact at street level will be just as transformative—replacing bleak surface lots with pedestrian-focused retail environments—at least on their harbor-fronting facades. Precedent suggests East Lombard and South Charles streets will likely end up with dismal parking-garage entrances.