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The taxpayers of Arlington have been waiting 20 years for the many promised upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations adjacent to The Ballpark in Arlington that were in the flyover animation accompanying the sales tax approval campaign.
But perhaps that's the difference: it's a downtown stadium, already surrounded by buildings, with transportation infrastructure, and other nearby businesses (hospitals, Boston University) looking to expand their footprint all in the same tight quarters. A stadium on the outskirts, surrounded by parking lots, isn't nearly the same situation and doesn't produce the same viability for that kind of development
Have there been *any* examples of minor league stadium complexes in the exurbs of a major metro area that have produced a major development spur?
As a suburban white folk, I would say it's much, much more because it's a colossal pain in the *** to get downtown for anything.
I don't know much about the Durham area or what it was like before the Bulls were there, but the area around the Bulls stadium is pretty nice. I guess that's more in the actual city than in the exurbs, though.
MARTA, for example, has been a pretty big disaster financially and service-wise.
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