Fix up the Inner Harbor carousel? Or put something new there?
I loved your suggestions for where to put the Frank Zappa statue.
Today, I read where the Baltimore Development Corp. is taking a hard look at the shabby (but long-standing) carousel on the South side of the Inner Harbor, near the Science Center.
You don't need to spend much time near the carousel to notice that it's not used much and in need of some pretty major repairs.
The question is, should the carousel be restored? Or removed altogether and replaced with something else?
The Inner Harbor "has to be re-energized," said Jim Seay, president of Premier Rides of Baltimore, who presented ideas yesterday. "We have to return some of the magic of the Inner Harbor."
I'm with you, Jim ...
The Inner Harbor needs a face lift, post haste. If I were in charge, I'd start with something more prominent, like, say, the Pratt and Light Street pavilions. Have you been in them lately? They look tired -- especially the food court in the Light Street Pavilion.
As for the carousel, I'm personally torn over what to do with it. I'd like to see it redone with Baltimore-themed figures. It could have a raven, an oriole, Frank Zappa, Edgar Allen Poe, a crabcake, the Natty Boh man ... hee hee.
I'd also like to see something else replace the carousel. I like the sound of a Ferris Wheel. That could be cool. But is there enough room to build a big one? Because little Ferris Wheels are lame. A big one that gives you a panoramic view of the city would be cool. I'm sure you'd run into opposition from the folks at Top of the World Observation Level, though.
Here are some of the other suggestions: A "4-D theater" with changing themes such as a simulated pirate ship during non-holiday periods and a "winter wonderland" when it's cold, a traveling museum featuring artifacts from Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum or a "mirror maze" by Ripley's.
Uh ... I'll pass on those.
What do you think should happen there?
(Baltimore Sun photo by Amy Davis)