Thursday, February 19, 2009

Shea Stadium in completely gone

The last piece of Shea Stadium went down yesterday. Thus, it took about 4 1/2 months from the end of last baseball season to demolish it. It had to be done piece by piece since it is illegal to implode a building in NYC. A piece of baseball history is now gone. We celebrated the history of Shea Stadium throughout the 2008 season. It will take some time to clean up the debris and pave over the area for a parking lot for Citifield.

On a related issue, I feel a litle bad for the people of the South Bronx who lost a significant amount of park space with the construction of the new Yankee Stadium. As of now the old stadium stands as it was at the end of the 2008 baseball season. Shea was demolished immediately since the 2,000 parking spots for each game would generate revenue. No revenue is generated from parks.

Let me quote from Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi:

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Dont it always seem to go
That you dont know what youve gotTill its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

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