Kevin Plank

Field Tripping: Seadogging

Field Tripping: Seadogging

It's the height of summer right now, so I thought I'd do what Baltimore hopes and prays people do in the summertime: head down to the Inner Harbor and spend some money. The city has been relying on this strategy to save the city from the dire economic fates of the postindustrial wasteland for years, at least since Mayor William Schaefer pushed for the building of the Convention Center in the 1970s. Baltimore has since hung its economic hat on tourism downtown, a terrible answer to a real question: How does the economy of a city move with the punches thrown by capitalism, always moving to the places where there's more profit to be made—cheaper land, loot, and labor?...