November 27, 2005


The Fenway rising: Instead of moving to a new neighborhood, the Red Sox have decided to transform, radically, the one around them (DAVID S. BERNSTEIN, Boston Phoenix)

Neighborhood development in Boston is a contact sport, and usually not a productive one. Everyone gets in the ring and fights for their own interests, while the actual project — a new Boston Garden, the South Boston waterfront, Crosstown, whatever — goes unfulfilled for decades.

So how can it be that everyone seems ready to move forward on the transformation of the area surrounding Fenway Park?

It appears genuinely likely that five years from now, thousands of Longwood Medical Area professionals will live in spanking new high-rise condominium and apartment buildings in the Fenway neighborhood. Pedestrian-friendly sidewalks will be lined with new stores and entertainment venues. The commuter rail’s Yawkey Station will emerge as a major hub of the city, as will a rejuvenated and cleaned-up Green Line D Branch stop at Fenway. The Mass Pike chasm will no longer sever the college-centric world around Kenmore Square from Lansdowne Street, Fenway Park, and beyond. [...]

After careful calculation, the new owners have decided that they can make Fenway Park profitable — if. If they add 3600 more seats. If they expand concessions — even more-so than they’ve already done by co-opting Yawkey Way — and other sources of revenue. And if the neighborhood around them becomes a more popular destination and thus a more profitable place to be. (Disclosure: Boston Phoenix publisher Stephen Mindich owns the 120-126 Brookline Avenue buildings in the Fenway, where the Phoenix’s offices are located.)

No wonder they're America's team.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 27, 2005 10:28 PM

"America's Team"? You really need to get out and see more of America if you are going to start making sweeping generalities about the country.

They aren't even the Eastern Time Zone's Team. Even if you include the Canadian part. Haven't you ever noitced that the only time America roots for the Red Sox are on the days they happen to be playing a team from New York? (And I don't mean the Mets.) And most of those people hope for a 30 inning tie, because it's impossible for both teams to lose.

If anything, last year the Ex-Expos showed they had a longer established claim at being "America's Team" than the Red Sox have ever had.

(Now if the Red Sox would play a few of their home games in Puerto Rico or Monterrey, then you might have a claim...)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 28, 2005 12:58 AM

America's team? I don't think so. W/all due respect OJ, you and editorial board of the Boston Phoenix are not well grounded in reality on this one.

Posted by: Dave W. at November 28, 2005 3:54 AM

Other than some new baseball fields and parking lots, nothing like that's planned for the Bronx, but they are building the new Yankee Stadium over part of the former right-of-way of the old elevated shuttle that took people to the Polo Grounds in Manhattan and finally putting in a MetroNorth stop for the fans coming in from the northern suburbs. Now if they can only do something about the ticket scalper gauntlet you have to run on River Avenue...

Posted by: John at November 28, 2005 7:07 AM

Been there, done that around Wrigley Field years ago, including the additional seats.

Posted by: Rick T. at November 28, 2005 10:43 AM

To anyone not living in New England, the Yankees & Red Sox are indistinguishable.

Posted by: b at November 28, 2005 11:34 AM

I believe we all know the REAL America's team plays at Tropicana Field, thank you very much.

Posted by: AC at November 28, 2005 8:25 PM

Texas Stadium, you fools.

Posted by: Mike Morley at November 28, 2005 9:14 PM