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November 13, 2005

It wasn’t the ballpark

The downtownbaseball.com web site seems to imply, on its list of other downtown ballparks, that the Baltimore facility nearly doubled residential property values, generated 20,000 new jobs, and produced $3.5 billion in development. This is a gross misrepresentation of the truth.

The reality is that the property values, jobs, and development came almost exclusively from the redevelopment of the waterfront district in Baltimore, not from the ballpark. The waterfront redevelopment had been under way for some time before construction on the ballpark began.

David Lund
Kansas City



I think anyone who looks at a downtown ballpark as the "savior" for downtown revitalization is setting any possibility of a downtown ballpark up for failure.

Similar to how things happened in Baltimore, there are a lot of exciting things going on downtown, a revitalized freighthouse district, many loft projects, the downtown Arena and entertainment district, etc. A downtown baseball stadium would simply add to and be an extension of what is already taking place. It would be a significant improvement on the gameday atmosphere for the Royals, and a boost to downtown businesses.

But like everything else, it in merely a piece in the grander puzzle.

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