Fresh support voiced for new arena-convention center expansion

The proposed new privately-funded arena and hotel attached to an expanded Baltimore Convention Center near the Inner Harbor receive fresh support from the Greater Baltimore Committee and travel industry experts at the GBC’s October 10 Economic Outlook conference. If a feasibility study of the project now being conducted by...
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Baltimore ranks No. 21 for top Labor Day destinations

The Baltimore Grand Prix, expected to draw 100,000 people to the Inner Harbor over Labor Day weekend, is a likely reason the city cracked this year’s list of the top 50 destinations for the summer’s last long holiday weekend. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area ranked No. 21 on Priceline.com. The city was not on last year’s rankings. Priceline based the list on thousands of hotel room booking requests made through the … Continue reading

Donald Fry: New convention center and arena plan critical to Baltimore’s future

By Donald C. Fry The Greater Baltimore Committee’s proposed concept for building a new 18,500-seat arena and a 500-room hotel on Conway Street and connecting the arena to an expanded convention center has generated a deluge of media “buzz.” Reactions to the idea of combining the construction of a $500 million, privately funded new arena and hotel with an adjacent $400 million, publicly funded, expanded convention center have been largely … Continue reading

Donald Fry: GBC survey shows overwhelming support for pedestrian bridge across Inner Harbor

By Donald C. Fry Almost 90 percent of respondents to the Greater Baltimore Committee’s seven-day-old online survey said they support the idea of building a pedestrian bridge across Baltimore’s Inner Harbor as part of any plan to convert Rash Field into a world-class waterfront park. Since the GBC on May 25 unveiled its vision for revitalizing the Inner Harbor, most of the media attention has focused on proposals to build … Continue reading

GBC survey results favor harbor pedestrian bridge, ‘Harbor Loop’ option for Rash park

Almost 90 percent of respondents to the Greater Baltimore Committee’s seven-day-old online survey said they support the idea of building a pedestrian bridge across Baltimore’s Inner Harbor as part of any plan to convert Rash Field into a world-class waterfront park. The survey so far has attracted more than 600 participants. Survey results as of June 2 on votes for favorite option for the park design are as follows: • … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Taking Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to the next level

By Donald C. Fry The noun “transformation” gets thrown around a lot these days by architects, economic development officials and elected leaders in describing what would be accomplished by projects or initiatives that they support. The Greater Baltimore Committee is using the same word to describe a three-pronged vision for Baltimore’s Inner Harbor that it announced at its annual meeting this week. But in this case the word fits like … Continue reading

GBC unveils fresh concepts to ‘take the Inner Harbor to the next level’

Leaders of the Greater Baltimore Committee on May 25 released fresh details of a proposed new arena and expanded convention center near the Inner Harbor and announced new concepts for converting Rash Field into an engaging waterfront park and for enlivening the harbor with spectacular nighttime water and light shows. The GBC unveiled the Inner Harbor concepts during its 2011 Annual Meeting at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore. The … Continue reading

WHERE turns 75

Where, the most trusted name in visitor publications available at concierge desks and hotel rooms worldwide, marks its 75th anniversary in 2011. The year-long celebration kicks off in January, when Where magazines around the globe unveil a special anniversary cover showcasing Where magazine covers from the past 75 years, plus special editorial features curated by our local editors. Local events will be accompanied by national contests offering trips to Where … Continue reading

Donald Fry: The case for a combined arena and convention center project

By Donald Fry In my experience, good ideas rarely just happen. They generally don’t materialize out of thin air. Instead, good ideas are often the product of a confluence of compelling needs, opportunity, and circumstances that put people in positions to take advantage of an opportunity in effective and, in some cases, spectacular ways. Such a confluence is occurring in Baltimore and has recently prompted a good idea to materialize … Continue reading

Daily Record, Sun editorials praise GBC arena proposal

See what the Daily Record and the Baltimore Sun said in editorials about the plan to build a new arena and expand the convention center. Intriguing plans for a hybrid arena and convention center: Two uses in one buildingBaltimore Sun, November 15The proposal to combine a new downtown arena with an expanded Baltimore Convention Center merits serious consideration … Build it or they won’t comeBy Daily Record Staff, November 25 … Continue reading