In 1963 the Senators sold veteran outfielder Jimmy Piersall to the Mets. A few weeks later, Jummy celebrated his 100th career homerun by running the bases backward.

In homage to Jimmy, we continue east on N Street SE circling the stadium counterclockwise. East of Half Street SE, which would approximately intersect the third base line, the buildings on the southern side of N Street become nonresidential and of fairly recent vintage. Much of the block is devoted to a gigantic multi-building recycling facility that wraps around the corner of First Street SE. However, there are a few small buildings that suggest an earlier vision of "Industrial Washington."

The remaining blocks of the stadium perimeter are similarly unremarkable. First Street SE and Potomac Avenue beyond the outfield fences are dominated by a ready-mix concrete depot and similar facilities.

The southern-most blocks of South Capitol Street lie in the shadow of the Frederick Douglass Bridge ramp which feeds traffic into its middle lanes. The remaining frontage is absorbed by a nondescript 1930s warehouse, a gas station, and grassy lots, which will be replaced by glass and concrete concourse walls and a team office building at the corner of South Capitol and Potomac.

However, several existing streets cross the future playing field. And these streets are lined with buildings...