Remember back when proponents of publicly-funded ballparks used to say that, if the parks were built, commercial development would stampede to the vicinity? That hasn't worked so well, and in recent years, the pitch has morphed into proposals for quasi-public "ballpark village" projects designed to force what hasn't happened naturally. For the most part, these things seem to be dead virtually the moment they're announced.
But not all is lost! In the face of long odds and a crushingly bad real estate market, St. Louis' long-planned, long-delayed Ballpark Village has finally gotten off the ground.
Unfortunately for Cardinals fans, they will have to wait until 2010 to dine at Cheesecake Factory or shop at a Barnes & Noble before taking in a ballgame.