scrubbed-clean face of preservation and renewal in key places, 1960-1995
the Cold War's terrors are mitigated once by three English Nobel laureates discovering
the structure of DNA. Graham Greene publishes A Burnt Out Case.
Renewal of downtown began in 1958 with eighty-three acres of Charles Center.
It gave Baltimore a New York look with a new hotel, parking, two theaters, apartments,
shops, numerous offices. Then eighty-five more acres were revived all around the
Inner Harbor. Today millions go there each year, partly for the series
of concerts, shows, and festivals open to sky and water (and mostly free), and
partly just to enjoy the sights and to people-watch.
of Baltimore had been preserved. As late as the 1990s, most nineteenth-century
streetscapes were still intact. Landmark structures like the Shot Tower and the
Flag House had been cared for. Solid buildings like the B&O Mount Royal Station
(it houses a library and studious for the Maryland Institute College of Art) have
been recycled. Whole streetscapes have survived through "homesteading,"
a plan by which one buys a house shell for one dollar. "Shopsteading"
city is the front office of civilization still, as H.L. Mencken said, but Baltimore's
front office is changing.