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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

99% Invisible: Beneath the Ballpark

City leaders were looking for a way to boost Los Angeles’s profile as a world city and also give Angelenos something to rally behind. They believed that what L.A. really needed was a baseball team.
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The L.A. City Council invited O’Malley out to Los Angeles for a visit, and O’Malley decided to take them up on the offer. He hired a helicopter to fly him around the city to scout out the land and he saw something that caught his eye. It looked like an empty piece of hilly land just a few miles from downtown and it was called Chavez Ravine. Mark Langill, the official historian for the L.A. Dodgers and author of Dodger Stadium, says that it was the location’s proximity to freeway access that made it appealing. Grading the earth would be tough, but it would be worth it to have the stadium close to freeways so fans could get there.
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But O’Malley probably didn’t realize that the plot of land he had his eye on wasn’t completely empty. There were a few families living on that land in Chavez Ravine and they’d been there a long time. If the Dodgers were going to build a stadium there, they’d have to kick those people out. This also wouldn’t be the first time that the people of Chavez Ravine had been asked to leave their home.

On the Chavez Ravine origin story. I remember this being brought up in the stadium voting thread, but I wasn’t familiar with the details.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: February 26, 2019 at 01:10 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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