But what about the rest of the shoreline? Development projects have eaten up a lot of it. If you happen to live at the Ritz-Carlton Residences over on the Federal Hill side of the walk, for example, I'm sure the promenade feels like home, but when I'm over there, I always feel like I'm trespassing, like I'm surely not dressed appropriately for that neighborhood. The same thing happens on the east side, where the promenade turns to wood and feels like the private waterfront for the folks who bought condos in Canton. The Inner Harbor feels more public, but it also feels a whole lot more policed, like you'd better be enjoying the place in just the right way or you're out. And once you know the Maryland Science Center was built over there, with no windows, facing up the hill, partly as a defensive position against the "undesirables" of Sharp-Leadenhall and Federal Hill following the uprisings of 1968, well, it's not just a fun place to take the nephews when they come visit anymore. That's the thing with public space, though. You have to actually manage the status of "public" to make yourself at home here. I might have had the wrong outfit on for kayaking, but I fit right in as a member of the public class, so I don't think I'll have any issues using the kayaks this summer.