Aldermen to Vote on Ballpark Village Today; Signs Are Favorable

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Are we moving past artist's conception and into reality? Maybe.
The St. Louis Board of Alderman are scheduled to vote on the newest, scaled-down version of the long-stalled Ballpark Village plan, and for the first time in many years things are looking positive on that front.

Yesterday, the Missouri Downtown Economic Stimulus Authority approved $17 million in subsidies from the sale of tax-backed bonds for the project. A few weeks before that, the Cardinals and project developer Cordish Companies announced that Anheuser-Busch had signed on to the project as a tenant.

Not to jinx anything, but this could really happen, couldn't it?

But let's not put the cart before the horse. Today's vote is not the final hurdle. The state still has to give its approval, which will come from the Missouri Development Finance Board -- if it comes at all.

If the process stalls out in the next few months, Ballpark Village could lose that $17 million -- the Missouri Downtown Economic Stimulus Authority program expires at the end of the year. That gives the Cards and Cordish a little more than five months to win everybody's approval.

Still, more has happened on the Ballpark Village front in the past six months than in the preceding six years. And in sports, momentum is everything. Maybe after all the false starts and near misses, Ballpark Village is finally on its way from the drawing board to downtown.

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A decade-long fraud. During this time Kansas City completed and opened the $413 million Kauffman Center for Performing Arts which helped catalyze their failed Union Station to fully-leased, meaning 100% leased, with the National World War One Museum. across Pershing drive. In other words, while we are 'massaged' with Ballpark Village, Kansas City did was St. Louis did in 1934, what civic progress killed in 1990, and what I proposed to unkill in 1998. Kansas City just shot a three-pronged arrow into the heart of downtown St. Louis, the fatal arrow.


Ill believe it when its not a sloppily maintained, chained softball field. Not to mention, the new plans seem completely underwhelming in comparison to the original grandiose drawings of what was supposed to give our downtown an economic and aesthetic make-over. If only the fat-cat-money-sucking criminals who duped the entire state were held accountable in any way...but that's delusional in this day in age. 

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