Drawing of proposed Inglewood People Mover station in Inglewood, California.

Inglewood Transit Connector Moves Forward

The project entered the engineering phase and received just over $1 billion in federal funding last week.

January 11, 2024 - The Architect's Newspaper

Amtrak train passing on bridge with historic tower in background in Alexandria, Virginia.

Northern Virginia Projects Counting on Transit

A proposed stadium and other major development projects near transit stations could be hampered by the regional transit agency’s financial woes.

December 18, 2023 - The Washington Post

A aerial view of an empty FedEx Field, home of the NFL's Washington Commanders, and parking lot.

Washington Commanders Looking to the Periphery for a New Place to Play

The suburbanization of the National Football League continues.

May 31, 2022 - The Washington Post

View of Wrigleyville neighborhood before a Chicago Cubs game

New Development Continues in Wrigleyville

New mixed-use projects bring residential units, retail, and entertainment venues to the neighborhood surrounding Chicago's Wrigley Field as stadium-adjacent development grows in popularity.

December 1, 2021 - The Architect's Newspaper

Banc of California Stadium

Sports Stadiums as a Battleground for Affordable Housing

Thanks to new enforcement powers, California's Department of Housing and Community Development can now cite cities for failing to meet affordable housing requirements in stadium redevelopment projects.

September 13, 2021 - CALmatters

Brazil Olympics

Abandoned Olympic Venues Cast Doubt on the Value of Hosting

Though cities hope for an economic boost, these photos show it's far from guaranteed.

February 17, 2018 - Business Insider

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Inside the 2018 Super Bowl's 'Luxified' Venue

When the Eagles and the Patriots face off this weekend, they'll do it at Minneapolis' U.S. Bank Stadium, a billion-dollar venue that "aspires to more than football."

February 4, 2018 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

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

Q Arena

Cleveland Pastors Travel to Detroit to Send Message About Stadium Renovation

The Greater Cleveland Congregations protested the Cavaliers Stadium renovation in front of Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's Quicken Loans headquarters in Detroit.

March 24, 2017 - Clevescene

Mario Lopez

Why Is Actor Mario Lopez Promoting a Stadium Next to an Historic Barrio in San Diego?

In San Diego, a battle is taking place between residents of historic Barrio Logan and proponents of an NFL stadium which threatens it. Actor Mario Lopez has been hired to sell the stadium proposal.

November 6, 2016 - UrbDeZine

Music Festival

Looking for Economic Development? Skip the NFL and Go with Lollapalooza

One of the leading skeptics on the economic value of sports and entertainment investments has a caveat: music festivals just might be the ticket.

October 21, 2016 - Governing

London 2012 Olympic Games

For Host Cities, Olympic Legacies Are Mixed

The two-week competition is often touted as a galvanizing force for urban development. But that's only cities include the Games' legacy in their planning process from the start.

August 25, 2016 - Curbed

Edward Jones Dome

St. Louis Looks for Solutions to Stadium Debt in the NFL's Wake

The city, county, and state that the NFL's Rams once called home will continue to pay debt for the financing of the Edward Jones Dome. What other option to they have?

February 5, 2016 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Atlanta Georgia Dome

When Publicly Funded Stadiums Gut Neighborhoods

In Atlanta—and throughout the country—city politicians have proven willing and eager to support stadium construction. But though these facilities are marketed as economic drivers, they often cause steep declines instead.

September 18, 2015 - AlterNet

Is the Local NFL Team Hurting the Local College Team and the Local Economy?

Studies show building NFL stadiums drain tax revenues and don't boost local economies. What about NFL teams themselves? Land use attorney (and football fan) Bill Adams argues that they rob support from local college teams and local economies.

August 24, 2015 - UrbDeZine

Farmers Field

Op-Ed: Terrorism Fears Cloud Los Angeles Stadium Debate

With as many as a half-dozen groups vying to develop an NFL stadium in Los Angeles, things were bound to get ugly. And they did. A report warns of a possible terrorist attack at one stadium site. The report's publisher? Backers of a rival stadium.

March 4, 2015 - California Planning & Development Report

Qualcomm Stadium

Five Reasons for Cities to Punt NFL Teams

While citizens of San Diego, Oakland, and St. Louis argue over whether they can afford to keep their NFL teams, overlooked are the benefits of being rid of them, writes land use attorney and San Diego Chargers fan William Adams.

February 15, 2015 - UrbDeZine

Criticism of St. Louis' Riverfront Stadium Plans

A lesson for other cities as well: As long as cities give absurd subsidies to pro sports teams, pro sports teams will continue to expect absurd subsidies from cities. Case in point: St. Louis and the NFL's Rams.

February 12, 2015 - Vox

A First Look at Riverfront Stadium Proposal for St. Louis

Reports that the St. Louis Rams intend to move back to Los Angeles mobilized an effort by state and city leadership to keep the team in St. Louis.

January 10, 2015 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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

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