Baltimore officials this week are toasting the 50th anniversary of the 33-acre Charles Center development that is widely credited with kicking off the city's downtown renaissance. The mix of offices, apartments, hotels and public spaces designed by world-famous architects such as Mies van der Rohe attracted residents and businesses to a downtown core that was beginning to unravel. The $180 million project helped take "a little city where no one wanted to stop and ... created a place where people want to come, want to live," according to former Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer.
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