A major seaport in the 18th century, by the 1940's Baltimore's Inner Harbor had become nothing but a series of abandoned warehouses. However, a series of renovation efforts from the 50's through the 80's transformed the area into a worldwide tourist attraction, winnning 40+ awards and influencing over 100 other cities to make similar improvements. In 1984 the American Institute of Architects called it “one of the supreme achievements of large-scale urban design and development in U.S. history.”
Baltimore's Inner Harbor recently hosted 'Tall Ships' from around the world. This is something they do every few years but this years was combined with a celebration of Baltimore's part in the War of 1812. And though you could spend as many tourist dollars as you had, many people were able to have an enjoyable afternoon seeing tte magnificant ship, meeting crew membersenjoying the sights of the harbor and watching the Blue Angels fly over repatedly for 3 full days.
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