Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Transit Not Stadium

Richard is right. We should be building transit, not sports stadiums. Even if stadiums did help districts, the investment in one place for games eight times a year is a waste compared to daily linear transit lines that can have the affect of changing the city, instead of one district. Not to mention in 20 years, stadiums are obsolete according to team owners.


davistrain said...

Remember the Roman Empire? Then it was "Bread and Circuses". Now it's football (or NASCAR, or baseball, etc.) and junk food. Ever notice how some of the biggest paychecks go to people in the entertainment industry (which includes pro sports). I suppose whether it's NFL, soap opera or sitcom, it helps take the viewers' minds off their "drab, wretched lives".

Anonymous said...

For that matter look at what Pro Sports did to Penn Station in NYC or to Windsor Station in Montreal!

BeyondDC said...

Baseball stadiums and indoor arenas belong in the city.

Football stadiums belong in the suburbs. They are used too infrequently and require too much land for tailgating.

It's not that sports aren't a legitimate part of urban life, it's that football stadiums specifically work better in the suburbs.

Dave Reid said...

beyonddc> Well I like how Seattle had their stadiums setup with the baseball stadium and football stadium right next to each other. They shared parking, were on transit lines and were located sort on the edge of downtown so the areas faded into industrial uses anyhow past the stadium. I thought that was pretty well done.

That said I agree, public money should be going to transit not stadiums.