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Well, this is a blow.
The Washington Post reports this morning that D.C. United owner Victor MacFarlane wants to build a stadium—-correct that “urban stadium”—-in Prince George’s County, not the District.
In late January, Clark Realty and the city ended their partnership to transform Poplar Point, a 110-acre section of Ward 8, into a huge new mecca for futbol-watching, plus shopping, mixed housing, parkland, and office space.
When I talked to a number of pro-soccer stadium residents last year, they basically all expressed the same thought: We need the stadium for this project to be successful.
“Having the stadium here in Ward 8 will make this ward a destination point for people in the metropolitan area,” said Philip Pannell, Executive Director of Anacostia Coordinating Council. “In my mind, there are practically no stores that they could put on that point that people could not access is their own communities.”
So what now? Cue the grumblings: “If this wasn’t Ward 8…If this was anywhere else in the city…” The “Dissed-trict” is unfortunately living up to its name.