Monday, February 11, 2013
It takes a (ballpark) village…..
…to revitalize downtown St. Louis?
With baseball just around the corner (pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training today!), it’s great to see the Ballpark Village redevelopment finally get going in downtown St. Louis. The proposed development is a very cool, well-designed mixed-use revitalization project adjacent to the Cardinal ballpark (see the video and slideshow on the website). It has been on the drawing boards for several years and was slowed down, like so much else, by the economic slump.
Ballpark Village provides another powerful example of how a baseball stadium can leverage urban revitalization. St. Louis’ downtown has been struggling for longer than many of its peers, so it’s encouraging to see the project move forward!
One thing the video and slides don’t mention is that the ballpark is directly served by its own Metrorail light rail station.