John Waters Weighs in About Harborplace; Mayor Brandon Scott Signs Bills Enabling the Area’s Redevelopment

Add filmmaker John Waters to the list of Baltimoreans who aren’t enthusiastic about the redevelopment plans for Harborplace.

“I liked when the Inner Harbor was scary the first time,” Waters said in a statement. “Before Harbor Place. Before gentrification. Sailors. Lesbian bars. The Block. Then it went good upscale, now it’s scary boring but the scariest of all would be if it went faux Harbor East for rich wanna-be types without any edge, a closet Annapolis when we already have a good one.”

Waters is one of numerous Baltimoreans who have expressed reservations about MCB Real Estate’s $500 million plan to replace the two Harborplace pavilions at Pratt and Light streets with a mixed-use development including two apartment towers containing 900 apartments in all, offices, shops, restaurants and public space.