Re: New baseball stadium
posted at 2/14/2012 3:38 PM EST
If you missed me saying this.
[QUOTE]...That Fenway Park is only a few miles away, by T, it's about ~40 minutes (the Green Line is slow), but only 10 minutes to North Station.
Basically, with Fenway so close and given the state of baseball: Is there enough baseball to support the stadium and subsequently our center...? [/QUOTE]
I have already agreed with you earlier with the statement "Is there enough baseball to support the stadium and subsequently our center?" For some reason, this guy have been searching for years to build this thing and throw $50 million dollars at it. Maybe he's one of those faith guys who thinks "If you build it, they will come." Or maybe he's just trying to pull a Monorail job, if you get that reference. I don't know, and I'm pretty sure you don't know. But I'm keeping in mind that someone who throws that much money is more like to done his homework than not. However, I get your skepticism, I get this isn't 1969 when there was no doubt it could. I already said earlier there's many factors to bodes against this project.
I'm keeping a balanced view here. But I'm also trying to give reasonable speculation. Is it that unreasonable to think about that if we make the City Hall move happen sooner than later can help take advantage of the ball park? Is it also unreasonable to note a big barrier is the suburban-style office building on Exhange street? Did I say this will save us? No. I said that there's a chance we can make something good from this. For once, a project's best case scenario is actually not more decay (unlike our condo projects which everyone sees except our former mayor - I mean seriously, whowuddathuk condos while knocking down stores only have a best case senario of only more decay?).
Is it time to bring out the champaign? No. But my first post said "This could be our anchor store" not this will be our savior. I think that's a reasonable thing to postulate.
Oh and btw, I also agree downtowns are not malls. People have subscribed to the anchor stores and the be all and end all too much. It's what lead to City Hall being build where it is (seriously, what idiot thought a city hall can act like an anchor store?). My view is things like the ball park can give the spark to spur investors to give our square the streetwall rebuild that we really need. The chicken and egg I said earlier. Malden Square needs better shops but too few will fail and we need a cohesive street wall too. It takes a good number of restaurants and shops for there to be enough to become a distination in-of itself (and several other factors for us too). To make that jump, something like the ballpark could do it.
Oh and btw. For anchors, Central have MIT and Harvard. Davis have Tufts. Union is from the momentum of all the squares around it. Though I also have to give great credit to the train stations that Somerville, Cambridge, and Quincy have managed to take advantage, unlike us. I believe that if you take away the schools, it would hurt - a lot, but the shops now have enough of its own momentum to attract on its own.
But still, the second half of your argument is incorrect.