I’ve been plenty critical of lazy journalists who fall back on the “stadium to spark development!” meme without a shred of evidence that development is actually en route. That said, it’s a bit much for the Miami Herald to complain that the Florida Marlins stadium hasn’t helped its surrounding neighborhood when the thing isn’t even going to be open for another two years:
East Little Havana has felt little impact yet from the $642 million project, funded mostly by public dollars and pitched to residents with a promise that if you build it, they will come.
As the columns of the enormous structure climb skyward by the day, there are no discernible signs of the stadium spurring retailers, restaurants or businesses to commit to the area.
Of course, it’s possible that the Herald is surprised that no restaurants have popped up to serve a construction site because it thinks this is how it’s worked in other cities: Reporter Patricia Mazzei writes that in San Diego and St. Louis, “baseball stadiums sparked neighborhood renaissances,” and then later that “new baseball stadiums elsewhere — notably San Francisco and, more recently, San Diego and Washington D.C. — have triggered neighborhood revivals with stores, apartments, offices and hotels.”