SOURCE: MPT

June 09, 2008 16:07 ET

Baltimore's Inner Harbor Inspires the World

"Global Harbors: A Waterfront Renaissance" Is the Untold Story Behind One of the World's Most Successful Waterfronts

BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwire - June 9, 2008) - Fifty years ago, Baltimore's Inner Harbor was one of the city's worst areas, full of rotting, rat infested piers and trash. Today, it's a worldwide tourist destination and a model for waterfront cities around the globe.

Experience the journey -- and meet the pioneers -- behind Baltimore's Inner Harbor and its impact around the world with "Global Harbors: A Waterfront Renaissance," a new 60-minute documentary shot in HD that will air on Maryland Public Television (MPT) Tuesday, June 10 at 10 p.m. and again on July 22 at 9:00 p.m.

It's a riveting tale told through journalist turned urban planner Martin Millspaugh and first person accounts from community leaders, who accomplished what was once considered nearly impossible. Produced by award winning journalists Cari Stein and Kim Skeen and narrated by native Baltimorean and acclaimed Hollywood actor/ film director Charles S. Dutton, "Global Harbors: A Waterfront Renaissance" traces the astonishing transformation of a declining, old, rust-belt city into a waterfront metropolis that inspired the world.

During the last half of the twentieth century, waterfront cities around the globe were in severe decline, suffering from suburban sprawl and shipping industry changes -- once prosperous ports became abandoned ruins. Baltimore was one of those cities, on the brink of bankruptcy, until a group of people from all walks of life -- civic leaders, politicians, journalists, planners, and architects -- joined together to meet the challenge head on.

With determination, ingenuity, community spirit and hard work, they altered their city's fate. Beginning with Charles Center and then the Inner Harbor, Baltimore leaders created one of the world's most famous waterfronts. That success gained national and international attention, reinventing how cities -- including Sydney, Australia; Long Beach, California; Rotterdam in the Netherlands; and Norfolk, Virginia -- use their waterfronts. The Inner Harbor influenced more than 90 cities on five continents, changing urban landscapes worldwide and improving the lives of millions of people.

Few people -- in Baltimore and the mid-Atlantic region -- know the real story behind the harbor's revitalization. As Charles Center and the Inner Harbor celebrate 50 years since the redevelopment began, "Global Harbors: a Waterfront Renaissance" reveals the living history and important legacy of the remarkable harbor that influenced the world.

For more information on Global Harbors, visit www.globalharbors.org or MPT at www.mpt.org. For this and other press releases, visit the MPT pressroom at www.mpt.org/pressroom.

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