Field of Dreams (Because You’re Sleeping There)

You know what I like about baseball? Cute men in uniform, popcorn that has more than a day’s worth of calories and watching the people who clean up the field do the “YMCA” dance during the fifth inning. That’s it. But, apparently some people actually like watching the game. Whatever—who am I to judge? It is America’s national pastime, or so I’m told. Anyway, I recently read about a “baseball-oriented development.” The D.C. area, where this stadium is located, is experiencing a renaissance, though the writer of the piece is attributing more residents to the local condos to having nowhere else to live than to the appeal of living near a stadium.

On the other hand...Go Tex!

Would you want to live near a stadium? I know plenty of people—and by that I mean my husband—who would squeal in delight at the possibility of living this close to baseball games. And I guess there would be some benefits for residents: stadiums are usually close to several modes of transportation, which would make it convenient to get around from your apartment. And you’d have easy access to ice cream served in little plastic baseball caps.

But, on the flip side, you’d also have to deal with about a gazillion people in your way whenever there was a game. Plus there would be noise pollution (although, thankfully, vuvuzelas haven’t gained any popularity here), and light pollution, and pollution pollution. You’re killing me, Smalls!

Of course, this might just be the next frontier in development. After all, many people already live in congested areas, such as over retail space or in buildings that have bars or restaurants on the ground level. And I would probably enjoy that, because I love shopping, and I love Bon Jovi. Although would I really want to hear people singing “Livin’ on a Prayer” at 4 a.m. on weeknights? Yes. Yes I would.

What is your take on building a community or living in “striking” distance of an attraction such as a baseball stadium? Home run, or a foul? Do you find baseball puns as hilarious as I do?

-Jessica Fiur, News Editor

Photographed by: Damian Strohmeyer/SI