Capital Sporting Grounds: A History of Stadium and Ballpark Construction in Washington,, Part 3

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McFarland, Oct 26, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 296 pages
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Politics is nothing new to Washington, D.C., even in the arena marked with base paths and outfield grass. The stadium for the expansion Washington Nationals baseball team cost over $600 million and while opponents decried the waste of taxpayer money, supporters promised the stadium would stimulate economic development. Land swaps, closed-door deals, and valuable parking-lot strategies were as complex as any game plan employed on the diamond. The district’s past stadiums, tracks and Olympics facilities are archived and described in this history, along with their political backdrops. The book features numerous drawings and photographs.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
5
1 DCs First Families
19
2 Northeastern Horizons
60
3 Oh to Be in Philadelphia
89
4 Utility in Concrete
116
5 FiveRing Circus
151
6 If We Build It
187
7 Building a White Elephant
226
Conclusion
247
Chapter Notes
259
Bibliography
273
Index
277
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Brett L. Abrams is an archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C., and author of Hollywood Bohemians: Transgressive Sexuality and the Selling of the Movieland Dream (McFarland, 2008).

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