Currently, the square and fountain divide the heart of downtown from the Inner Harbor. The fountain blocks views in and out of the harbor, and it faces only one direction even though it is visible from all sides. The back of the fountain offers a poor greeting at one of the prime gateways into Baltimore, creating a weak first impression for visitors as well as prospective residents and employees. For many months out of the year, the water in the fountain does not run, leaving a dry, poorly-lit, desolate hole. The fountain suffers from aging concrete and metalwork; its pumps are often nonfunctional, making it very expensive to operate. Today, Pratt Street has more pedestrians on it than any other corridor in the region, but you won't see many of them in McKeldin Square. It feels hot and barren in the summer and cold and abandoned in the winter.