Harbor East, also known as Inner Harbor East, is a new mixed-use development project in Baltimore. The town is located along the Inner Baltimore harbor, where the Jones Falls stream empties.
Historically, inner Old East Baltimore was filled with lumber yards, small two-story rowhouses, and from the 1820s to 1840s, low brick industrial buildings and warehouses. Many of these structures nearly missed being consumed by the Great Baltimore Fire of February 1904. In 1983, Baltimore city officials hired a planning team to redesign the "Inner Harbor East" area.
The initial plan of the Harbor East neighborhood featured both sidewalks and streets to connect visitors and residents to the waterfront. The city proposed a 2,000-foot waterfront promenade that would function as a link to the Inner Harbor and to other nearby residential areas. This promenade would allow bikers, joggers, and leisurely strollers to bustle along the waterfront space. The neighborhood also hoped to decrease the height of the buildings along the waterfront area. By doing this, Harbor East can create views of both the waterfront and the city. Harbor East is constantly being developed to this day.
The Harbor East neighborhood features high-rise hotels, apartments, and office buildings all within walking distance of each other. The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel on Aliceanna Street, the Waterfront Promenade, President Street Boulevard, and the Katyn Forest Massacre Memorial in the International Drive circle are Harbor East's major tenants. The new Legg Mason Tower, a famous financial services firm that was previously located in the tallest building in Baltimore, has relocated to Harbor East.
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