The team's departure in 1984 tapped into Baltimore's inferiority complex. After losing the Bullets to Washington, D.C., in 1973, the city was not equipped psychically to lose another major league franchise. Things actually were looking up in the years before the Colts eventual departure; in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the downtown landscape was changing daily. Harborplace had opened, making the waterfront a destination for locals and tourists alike, and in 1983 the Orioles had earned a World Series victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, the kind of city that always overshadowed Baltimore. Time magazine even touted Baltimore in a cover story as a city that knew how to reinvent itself in the early years of the first Reagan administration, when scarce federal dollars were available to help cities solve their problems. And then came that snowy night in March when the Mayflower vans arrived, and, in an instant, Baltimore was relegated to a one-franchise town again.