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
March 24, 2017, 6am PDT
The Greater Cleveland Congregations protested the Cavaliers Stadium renovation in front of Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's Quicken Loans headquarters in Detroit.
November 6, 2016, 1pm PST
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.
October 21, 2016, 1pm PDT
One of the leading skeptics on the economic value of sports and entertainment investments has a caveat: music festivals just might be the ticket.
August 25, 2016, 1pm PDT
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.
February 5, 2016, 12pm PST
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?
September 18, 2015, 1pm PDT
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.
August 24, 2015, 11am PDT
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.
March 4, 2015, 8am PST
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.
California Planning & Development Report
February 15, 2015, 7am PST
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 12, 2015, 11am PST
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.
January 10, 2015, 5am PST
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.
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.
December 18, 2011, 9am PST
An "independent urbanist" group in Indianapolis spearheaded an idea to take seats from the closing Bush Stadium minor league ballpark to be used as much-needed bus stop furniture.
September 11, 2011, 11am PDT
Gov. Jerry Brown will soon be asked to sign a bill that would loosen environmental regulations on a downtown L.A. stadium, which would also be smothered in LED billboards.
August 21, 2011, 7am PDT
Sports teams often coerce cities into contributing public funds toward the building of new stadiums. Numerous reports indicate that it's a bad deal for cities with little to no positive economic impact, writes Neal DeMause.
March 16, 2011, 6am PDT
Slate looks at America's long history of dreaming up grand stadiums that end up unbuilt, from a waterfront stadium on Manhattan's West Side to a floating stadium in Puget Sound.
December 1, 2010, 1pm PST
Brendan Patrick Hughes examines what other cities can learn from the recently constructed Target Field.
June 21, 2010, 12pm PDT
As Blackhawk fans crammed into downtown Chicago to celebrate their Stanley Cup victory last week, the editors at Pruned were reminded of a fantastical proposal for a downtown stadium built into the tops of skyscrapers.
April 4, 2010, 11am PDT
So says Ken Greenberg, a noted urban designer who resigned from the project after the city began moving forward with a conventional stadium plan rather than an urban facility with a mix of uses.