Here’s a cautionary tale for Minneapolis, Oakland, San Francisco, Miami and all the other cities that believe that building a ball park will create a burgeoning, bustling new area on the urban landscape.
True, the recession does not help spur any development.
True, it takes time to allow for an area to grow.
However, the growth and development could have happened in many other parts of Washington, DC. The drive was to change the southeast Navy Yard area from a nightclub district to a family neighborhood and the stadium served as the leverage to make that happen.