Published: September 22, 2010
The artifacts of Fells Point's past as a working waterfront still peek through, here and there: the old freight-rail tracks set in the cobblestones, for instance, and the derelict pier that juts into the harbor west of Bond Street Wharf. For the most part, though, reminders of the Point's maritime legacy#8212;such as Moran Towing Corp.'s tugboats, which this year departed to make way for a long-stalled hotel planned for the Baltimore Recreation Pier#8212;are themselves memories. Thankfully, there's still Broadway Pier, a public space where people can get out on the water to imagine how it helped build Baltimore. And it isn't just a relic: Visiting ships and schooners sometimes berth here, movies are screened, water taxis move tourists to and fro, parties are thrown, and anyone who wants to can saunter out and take a gander up, down, or across the water, where the harbor's last remaining industrial outpost, the Domino Sugar plant, looms large and sweetens the air. Baltimore needs more such spaces, but until it has them, there's nothing better.