Pratt Street

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Pratt Street is a major street in Baltimore. It forms a one-way pair of streets with Lombard Street that run west-east through downtown Baltimore. For most of their route, Pratt Street is one-way in an eastbound direction, and Lombard Street is one way westbound. Both streets begin in west Baltimore at Frederick Avenue and end in Butcher's Hill at Patterson Park Avenue. Since 2005, these streets have been open to two-way traffic from Broadway up until their end at Patterson Park.[1]

To the east of Patterson Park, both Pratt and Lombard Streets start again. Pratt continues as a side street from Linwood Avenue up until Haven Street.

Pratt Street has historic significance as the location of the Baltimore Riot of 1861. Today it is known for being an important gateway into the Inner Harbor, connecting it with the Baltimore Light Rail line. It is for the later reason, the city decided to redesign the street and surrounding area to be more pedestrian-friendly.[2]

Pratt Street is named for Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden a supporter of Civil liberties in the 18th Century, and not the noted Baltimorian Enoch Pratt (1808-1896). Pratt Street appears on maps of Baltimore as early as 1801.[3]

Notable landmarks on or near Pratt Street include:


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Coordinates: 39°17′11.47″N 76°36′48.7″W / 39.2865194°N 76.613528°W / 39.2865194; -76.613528