So now that Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg can look elsewhere in the Tampa Bay area for a stadium site, where’s he going to look? How about the site of a low-income housing complex? The mayor of Tampa sure thinks so!
Mayor Bob Buckhorn couldn’t deny he had a favorite site.
It’s the Tampa Park Apartments, a nearly 50-year-old apartment complex for 372 low-income families between downtown and Ybor City.
“I don’t hide my optimism for that particular site,” he said after a City Hall news conference Friday.
This led to one of the most amazingly understated series of words ever to appear in any U.S. newspaper:
The complex also presents a challenge: It’s full of poor, mostly black families, some who have lived there for generations.
So wouldn’t evicting them for a new stadium just repeat what happened in St. Petersburg’s Gas Plant neighborhood before Tropicana Field was built?
“That would be the biggest issue,” Buckhorn conceded.
The Tampa Tribune also provides its own coverage of the proposal, none of which includes the sentence, “Holy crap, the mayor of Tampa really wants to evict a thousand poor people so he can build a new stadium for the local baseball team owner, is he campaigning for the role of supervillain in the next Marvel Cinematic Universe movie or what?” Which is technically a run-on sentence, so that’s probably why it got edited out.