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Field of Dreams Coming to L.A.'s Chinatown

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Dodgers Foundation will renovate an unplayable ballfield into a new Dodgers Dreamfield, which will serve almost 3,500 youth in the surrounding community.

October 23, 2020 - L.A. Downtown News

Washington, D.C.

Washington Is A Good (Baseball) Town. So Is Houston.

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 12, 2019 - Urban Edge

Carlos Correa

Friday Funny: Zoning Provides Nationals Fans With Another Bragging Point Over Astros Fans

The worlds of baseball and zoning collide again.

November 1, 2019 - Greater Greater Washington

Los Angeles, California

Dodger Stadium as Civic Space with a New Front Door

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.'

September 4, 2019 - The Planning Report

Baltimore, Maryland

Take Me Out to the City

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger analyzes the evolution of baseball stadiums and celebrates their essential connection to cities in "Ballpark: Baseball in the American City."

July 7, 2019 - Josh Stephens

Wrigley Field

The Story of Ballparks Is the Story of American Cities

A new book looks at the evolution of American ballparks and the changes that have mirrored urbanism.

May 17, 2019 - Curbed

Los Angeles, California

An Aerial Tram Could Carry Fans to Future Dodgers Games

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.

April 30, 2018 - Curbed LA

Seattle Stadiums

A Baseball Ticket Counts as a Train Ticket in Seattle

It's Opening Day for Major League Baseball, and fans of the Seattle Mariners have an extra reason to celebrate this year.

March 29, 2018 - Curbed Seattle

Houston And L.A.: Kindred Spirits Meet In World Series

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.

October 25, 2017 - California Planning & Development Report

2017 World Series

The World Series of Housing Markets

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.

October 24, 2017 - Real Estate Consulting

Los Angeles, California

Like City, Like Stadium

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.

July 24, 2017 - California Planning & Development Report

Angry Public Meeting

The Chorus of 'No Planning, Please' is Making My Head Hurt

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.

July 21, 2014 - PlaceShakers

AT&T Park

Planning For More Than Sports

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.

May 18, 2014 - Reuben Duarte

Mired in a Sea of Parking, Dodger Stadium Architects Design a More Urbane Experience

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.

March 30, 2013 - The Planning Report

Baseball, Architecture, and the City of the Future

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.

September 26, 2012 - Satellite Magazine

The Secrets to Stadium Success

Eric Jaffe looks to a new study published in the Journal of Urbanism comparing the triumphs and failures of new baseball fields in Denver and Phoenix for lessons on how to build a successful downtown stadium.

March 29, 2012 - The Atlantic Cities

Stadiums Get Sustainable

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.

October 27, 2011 - The New York Times

Cleanup Crew Plays Ball in Closed Tiger Stadium

Volunteers in Detroit recently performed a community cleanup in an unlikely location: the old Tiger Stadium.

April 6, 2011 - The Detroit Free Press

Cities See Mixed Returns on Spring Training Investments

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.

March 22, 2011 - Governing

Baseball Team's Move Could Spark Light Rail

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.

July 7, 2010 - St. Petersburg Times

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