Degenerate City

Degenerate City By Michael Farley
Degenerate City: From Landmark to Eyesore in Under $100 Million

How does one begin a design journey with a historic landmark in a prime, idiosyncratic location and arrive at a $100 million non-place somewhere between an East German superblock and Midwestern strip mall?

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Degenerate City: Dark City, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Be Ambivalent About Harbor Point

Even the ugliest tower contributes to a beautiful skyline at night. I remind myself of that at the rare, dread-inducing sight of a construction crane in this city. The architects of the 21st century have not been kind to Baltimore.

It's now hard to find a postcard-worthy daytime vista across the Patapsco.

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Degenerate City: Both of the harbor's holes are about to get stuffed with massive erections

Finally, the last two undeveloped sites fronting the Inner Harbor might be getting filled in with mixed-use skyscrapers. Depending on financing, at least one of them should break ground in 2016. It's surprising this took so long—the former News American Building at 300 E. Pratt St. and the McCormick & Co building at 414 Light St.

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