Thursday, September 22, 2005

Facts about the New Yankee Stadium Plan

Did you know?

Our elected officials, both the NY State Assembly and the NYC Council have voted to give away our public parks for the private interest of the NY Yankees.

Promised replacement of parks represents an unequal exchange: One large park area will be replaced by several smaller scattered parcels. These parks will be located further away from the community and our children - some will be built on TOP of parking garages, while others will be located across a highway and railroad tracks. Construction of these “parks” is not slated to start until after the stadium is completed – five years from now! Money for the replacement parks has not been specifically allocated, thereby throwing in doubt in the minds of many that these "parks" will ever be built.

Initial environmental studies by the Federal and State governments indicate that this project will have a detrimental effect on the air quality and health of our community.

A multitude of large oak trees will be sacrificed to make room for the stadium and associated parking garages. This exchange of trees for parking spaces will further affect our air quality, negatively impacting asthma rates for our community and our visitors. In addition, an 800-car garage and large loading dock are scheduled to be built adjacent to the skateboard park, basketball courts, swimming pool, gymnasium and picnic areas, directly affecting the health of our children.

How will this plan impact local businesses if the fans are encouraged to shop within the stadium walls? Plans for the stadium include a host of retail establishments within the stadium walls, isolating fans from the neighborhood. Private souvenir stores are threatened by this plan.

Residents on both Jerome and River Avenues will face a monolithic 14-story wall enclosing the stadium, thereby destroying their peaceful view of parkland.

Construction jobs created will be temporary and will not necessarily go to locals.

Does any of this sound to you like a positive for our community?


At 1:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It all makes sense! Since Yankee Stadium opened in 1923, people have been suffering from asthma, heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, skin disease and many other diseases. All because of a physical structure!

Repeat after me:

At 9:41 PM, Blogger Joyce said...

It is a known fact that stadiums do not improve a neighborhood. If anyone doubts that, consider this: The Yankees have been in the South Bronx for 82 years and their presence has not improved the area! Nothing in the proposal suggests that the Yankees would do anything different than they have done in the past (read NOTHING!)

At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen! I hate the Yankees! Go RED SOX!!!

At 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not a "known fact" that stadiums do not improve an area. One need look no further than Toronto, Seoul South Korea, St Louis, and Seattle to see indisputable evidence of great improvements stadiums have made to neighborhoods.
We must fight for contiguous park space, require that the old Yankee stadium not be torn down for 99 years, and require the Yankees to provide new community space.

At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wrigleyville is a great neighborhood as is the area around fenway. the new SF giants stadium has helped SOMA and camden yards did tons for downtown baltimore.

At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spin to your little heart's content, Yankee Tool, but you are being dishonest citing these stadiums: SOMA was booming well before Pac Bell Park, and there's very little
development around Camden Yards that wasn't there previously. As for Wrigleyville and Fenway, they grew up around the ballparks to begin with, so it's hard to credit the parks with creating the neighborhoods.

At 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Yankees have been in the South Bronx for 82 years and their presence has not improved the area!"

We kidding with that?

Anyone dare imagine what the area would have been without the Yankees?

Kinda like the rest of the South Bronx, don'tya think?

Kill all development because the squirrels don't like it!

At 10:28 PM, Blogger Save Our Parks! said...

Yes. There is an anchor on 161st Street that has preserved the neighborhood lo these 30 years of urban self-destruction, but it ain't on River Avenue, baby. It's on the Grand Concourse, and it is the Bronx County Building and it houses the Borough President's offices and the Supreme Court.

The Yankees have a presence here 80 or so days a year. The other days that stadium is a vacant hulk and nothing is happening around there. (More reason to not give up our parks to them!)

So, NO, they have had nothing at all to do with the fact that, in spite of all, this has remained a surprisingly pleasant place to live.


By the way, no one has mentioned squirrels not liking this plan, but rather children, sports teams, grandmothers, fathers, aunts: neighborhood residents of the HUMAN persuasion. You are going to have to come up with something better than that.


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