Washington needs our new baseball team as an
exorcism. Our final hometown baseball memories can't be Tim Cullen
hitting .191 or washed-up balloon-baller Denny
McClain throwing 31 home run balls in a single season.
But should the city build a stadium on South Capitol
a grizzled Three-I Leaguer at last called up to the majors, the
local media lavishes such accolades as "near-perfect" and
"sparkling" on the proposed South Capitol Street site and
surrounding development. It dismisses the current neighborhood as
a wasteland, an "unworthy" market-created hodgepodge of such
unsightly (but necessary) urban functions as concrete
plants, repair garages, and warehouses intermingled with vacant
land. Largely ignored are the19th century rowhouses and vintage industrial
buildings that are the surviving traces of the neighborhood's blue collar history.
Hoping to begin the debate with a full set of
facts, we've put together a photo tour of the proposed stadium
site. Because the media consistently reinforces the "wasteland"
motif by presenting vistas of sandpiles, heaps of broken concrete,
and chain-link fences, we'll concentrate on showing the
landscape's more distinctive elements.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FIRST STOP ON OUR STADIUM SITE TOUR
CLICK HERE TO RETURN TO "NEAR SOUTHEAST"