I’m an unabashed fan of plain-language reporting that doesn’t beat around the bush, so I absolutely love this video caption from KSDK-TV in St. Louis:
In order to build the new stadium the way it’s proposed, a lot of things would have to be torn down.
KSDK’s news report includes footage of lots of those things, which includes lots of cool old brick warehouses, some of which are abandoned, but at least one of which is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been recently renovated as apartments. Which raises the question of whether others could be renovated for new uses as well in the absence of a stadium, especially since “brick buildings” and “waterfront” usually get developers’ salivary glands going in these return-to-urbanism times.
I’ve talked a lot so far about the direct fiscal costs of St. Louis’s Rams stadium plan — for some reason the St. Louis Business Journal decided to base an entire article today around my comments on this — but the opportunity cost of razing old buildings and dedicating riverfront land to an NFL stadium has to be considered as well. I’m hardly an expert on the Laclede’s Landing area (I’ve never even been to St. Louis), but those who are need to be investigating this to the fullest. So props to KDSK for looking into this, above and beyond their excellent caption-writing skills.