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Imagining a Downtown Stadium

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, April 30, 2007, at 07:44AM
Dodger Stadium Eric Richardson [Flickr]

I got a call last week from Steve Hymon, writer of the Times Local Government column. Last week Steve took a look at the horror that is Dodger Stadium parking. He noted that however bad the decision to isolate the Stadium up on the hill might have been, it's never too late to change it.

The other lesson is that when a city makes a big mistake in the realm of urban planning, the mistake usually sticks around for decades. The good news, however, is that a few good bulldozers can fix even the worst of mistakes.

In today's column Steve brings the topic up again, going through last year's Field Operations bid to move the Stadium to the Cornfield. And finally he gets to the point of our phone call:

[The proposal] was so bold that Field Operations and Morphosis didn't get the job. That, of course, doesn't mean they were wrong.

Just for fun — and because neither the city nor the Dodgers are making a push for a new stadium — this column will try to find a new stadium site in the next few weeks.

On board to help is Eric Richardson, publisher of the excellent blogdowntown.com.

"It's not so much moving the stadium as reclaiming all that space on the edge of the park," Richardson said.

You might remember I made that case about adding space to Elysian Park back in October. But making a move requires a new site. In the article Jan Perry suggests Exposition Park, replacing the old Sports Arena. I say let's stay closer into Downtown, though.

So the question I leave you with is this: If Dodger Stadium were moved Downtown, where would you put it?

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