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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Great Moments in Expectation-LoweringOriginally, the Cardinals had planned on having an elaborate "Ballpark Village" built around their new stadium, complete with office, retail, residential, and restaurant space. A grand plan indeed, and one that no doubt aided their effort in obtaining financing for their new stadium. The thing to remember about such plans, however, is that they can be changed radically by events like, oh, the emergence of a flaming crater in the place where this country's real estate market used to be:
The Cardinals today announced their plans for the Ballpark Village site during this summer's All-Star Game: a parking lot and a softball field.
Today and next week local governments in Miami will be voting on the Marlins' ballpark proposal, and it seems like smaller towns are considering similar plans for minor league parks three or four times a year. Almost all of them continue to be premised on surrounding development, many of which themselves are called "Ballpark Villages" too. My guess: no one is including parking lots and softball fields in these proposals. Yet here they are in St. Louis, willing to serve as a giant warning sign to those who would spend the public's money on grandiose commercial development schemes.
But if you're on the city council, who are you gonna believe? The blueprints, or your own lyin' eyes?
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 1:23pm
The bad part is that we St. Louisans already had a warning sign a couple blocks west in the form of the Kiel Opera House, which was supposed to be refurbished when the Blues’ new arena was built in 1994, and is still not there.
Sometimes it’s not fun to be right.
Posted 03/18 at 03:22 PM
Nick C said...
The other good news is that very little public money was used to fund the construction of Busch III. Therefore the taxpayers of STL City and County and MO are not out a bunch of money AND left with empty promises. I wish they would just turn BPV into a nice green space where you could hang out before games and maybe have a picnic with the kids.
Posted 03/19 at 11:42 AM
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