World's Top Waterfront Cities
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What PPS Says: Baltimore was part of the first wave of waterfront renewal. It has a perfect setting with a small, compact, and diversified harbor with ample activities to engage both visitors and residents.
What We Like: A wide boardwalk forms a U-shape proscenium around the harbor, with the water center stage and historic ships moored along the wharf. Glass-sided buildings house shops and restaurants, while a semicircle of tiered brick seating creates a place to watch the water traffic. The boardwalk marches east toward enclosed piers with more shops, restaurants with outdoor seating, art galleries, and the National Aquarium, and then extends beyond to the working port.