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Pratt Street remains vital to success of the city

By: Ed Brake

Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Peachtree Street in Atlanta. Meeting Street in Charleston. Pratt Street in Baltimore.

All of these streets have something in common: they’re active and memorable access roads that drive the economic development of their respective cities. All of them except Pratt Street, that is.

But why not Pratt Street?

Pratt Street is the type of thoroughfare you find in any major city. It’s a major road, it’s surrounded by most of the city’s business community, it’s in one of the safest areas of the city and it’s along the water. But it could be so much more.

For a decade we’ve seen active and positive development in Baltimore. To the west, the University of Maryland Medical System is building a virtual city, taking over dilapidated buildings and cleaning up unsafe areas. To the east, Hopkins is doing the same thing and developers have invested around the university, in Harbor East and Harbor Point. Way over on Russell Street we have the Horseshoe Casino. And in Westport there are 40 acres of potential development. But what about everything in between?

There’s an opportunity to create a cohesive plan that brings all of these areas together. A plan that makes Baltimore a leading destination, rivaling the other great cities of America. A plan that develops and attracts quality entertainment and shopping, top-notch businesses and people to the street day and night. And that plan begins with Pratt Street.

 

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