A Lot Lost for Baseball
Wednesday, June 14, 2006; Page A22
"Nats Tell D.C. It's Too Late for Underground Parking" [Metro, June 8] shows just what a bad deal for the city the baseball stadium plan was. Now, instead of having an underground parking garage, which would allow for aboveground development (restaurants, stores and, God forbid, perhaps a tree or two), the Washington Nationals' new owners insist we'll have an aboveground eyesore just so they and luxury suite owners will have a place to park their cars instead of having to take Metro like the rest of us. Sad to say, but this also reveals what poor judgment D.C. Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp and council members such as Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) showed in negotiating this deal. Not only will the taxpayers end up paying more for this stadium, we'll get an uglier, more poorly planned site as well.Not just the above ground parking, but the loss of our opportunity for a linear park along South Capitol Street truly adding new space to the National Mall.