The Outsized Role of Developers in Baltimore is Reflected in the New Harborplace Plan

The plan announced on October 30 for a massive redevelopment of Harborplace is a testament to how little attention Baltimore’s leaders pay to the wishes of ordinary residents and how much they focus on the demands of real estate developers.

The contrast between the enthusiasm expressed for P. David Bramble’s plan by the collection of political luminaries present at the announcement, led by Maryland Governor Wes Moore, State Comptroller Brooke Lierman, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, City Council President Nick Mosby and others, and the ambivalent reaction by the public suggests that local politicians underestimate the frustration of residents at having their views overlooked.

A chronic deficiency within city government is the failure to approach issues systematically and resolve upon thoughtful, long-term solutions to the city’s myriad problems.