Big Fish: P. David Bramble and Reimagining Harborplace (Part I)

P. David Bramble has become the public face of the Inner Harbor, and, along with it, the future Downtown Baltimore. He assumed this consequential position himself, but it’s not quite clear how much he relishes the role.

Bramble, 47, is co-founder and managing partner of Baltimore-based MCB Real Estate, a growing firm with extensive assets in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina Pennsylvania, Florida and Massachusetts — spanning residential, retail, mixed use, office and industrial properties. His firm grew its Baltimore holdings in a big way by purchasing Harborplace through a court-governed process after a previous owner declared bankruptcy.

In one breath, Bramble — raised in West Baltimore before attending Princeton and University of Pennsylvania law school — says he and his firm need the Harborplace project “like a hole in the head.” But in the next, he says he is committed to replicating and eclipsing the excitement that Harborplace generated as a landmark waterfront destination in the 1980s, and making the Inner Harbor a place for all of Baltimore to spend time, and just as attractive as The Warf in DC. or similar projects in Singapore and Copenhagen.