November 12, 2019, 7am PST
Decades ago, Bill Fulton wrote that Washington was not a good baseball town—and was skewered by legendary sportswriter Shirley Povich. The World Series made him rethink both D.C. and Houston—as baseball towns and as cities.
November 1, 2019, 6am PDT
The worlds of baseball and zoning collide again.
Greater Greater Washington
September 4, 2019, 11am PDT
Janet Marie Smith, famous for helping plan Camden Yards in Baltimore, discusses how Dodger Stadium's 'new front door' will optimize transit and pedestrian access while preserving the field's historic character and sweeping 'postcard views.'
July 7, 2019, 1pm PDT
Architecture critic Paul Goldberger analyzes the evolution of baseball stadiums and celebrates their essential connection to cities in "Ballpark: Baseball in the American City."
May 17, 2019, 6am PDT
A new book looks at the evolution of American ballparks and the changes that have mirrored urbanism.
April 30, 2018, 8am PDT
A coach suspended from a cable (like a big gondola or ski lift) has been proposed by private company Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies, to bring fans to Chavez Ravine in 2022.
March 29, 2018, 2pm PDT
It's Opening Day for Major League Baseball, and fans of the Seattle Mariners have an extra reason to celebrate this year.
October 25, 2017, 2pm PDT
Planning scholar Bill Fulton, longtime resident of L.A. and relatively recent transplant to Houston, sizes up the urban implications of a World Series played between two very similar cities.
California Planning & Development Report
October 24, 2017, 2pm PDT
Comparing the housing markets of Houston and Los Angeles—two of the nation's metropolitan area's most commonly associated with auto-centric sprawl—before their respective Major League Baseball teams square off in the 2017 World Series.
July 24, 2017, 7am PDT
Beloved as it is, Dodger Stadium did not come easily to Los Angeles. Its development was fraught with protests, political rivalries, and debates over public investment and urbanism. Those debates continue today.
California Planning & Development Report
July 21, 2014, 11am PDT
Life is hard. So are baseball, soccer, and a bunch of other stuff that require making good enough guesses to size opportunities and duck calamity. With apologies from Ben Brown for beating up on David Brooks.
May 18, 2014, 1pm PDT
The recent attempts to lure a NFL team to Los Angeles shows how successful site design will depend on the cultural characteristics of the uses of the site as much as it will depend on planning for land use and logistics.
March 30, 2013, 5am PDT
In renovating Dodger Stadium to enhance the fan experience, the baseball team's ownership brought together a team of architects and planners known for integrating stadiums into the urban fabric of their surroundings.
September 26, 2012, 6am PDT
Montreal architect Vedanta Balbahadur writes about his hometown's fall from its status as Canada's premier city through the lenses of baseball and the built environment.
March 29, 2012, 8am PDT
Eric Jaffe looks to a new study published in the <em>Journal of Urbanism</em> comparing the triumphs and failures of new baseball fields in Denver and Phoenix for lessons on how to build a successful downtown stadium.
October 27, 2011, 10am PDT
Many sport agencies are realizing the benefits of going green. John McHale Jr., executive vice president at M.L.B. said “just because you can’t do everything doesn’t mean you can’t do something.” Many others are doing their part to help as well.
April 6, 2011, 5am PDT
Volunteers in Detroit recently performed a community cleanup in an unlikely location: the old Tiger Stadium.
March 22, 2011, 10am PDT
While some cities in Florida have shelled out big money to build baseball stadia for professional teams' spring training, many of those teams are moving their spring programs to other cities, raising concerns about the wisdom of those investments.
July 7, 2010, 7am PDT
A proposed move of the Tampa Bay Rays professional baseball team has officials in the region scrambling to make plans for a new rail line to accommodate the team's future home.
June 14, 2009, 7am PDT
After a long battle by preservationists, what's left of the 97-year-old ballpark -- home of the Detroit Tigers from 1912-1999 -- is being demolished.