Friday, May 30, 2008

Camden Yards 16 years later: Time for Nassau to get off its rear

On Tuesday night, I attended the scoping meeting on the Lighthouse Project at the Town of Hempstead Hall. The next day, I was in Baltimore at the invitation of my brother to watch Andy, Joba and Mariano shut down the Orioles.

Looking out my window at the Hyatt over the Inner Harbor, a 5-minute walk from Oriole Park, I couldn't help but think of the contrast between what Baltimore accomplished and Nassau County has not. Sixteen years later, Baltimore remains the shining example of what a smart-use sports facility can do for a region. Sixteen years and countless new stadia later, Camden Yards is still the best ballpark to visit.

While this 12-scenes-in-7-minutes Flip video is unedited, shaky and amateurish, hopefully it also makes a point. Keep those questions and comments coming.



7th Woman said...

That's a very cool presentation of something I'll probably never see in person. You say it was built 16 years ago, but I love the fact that it has old world charm. Thanks for the tour!

Anonymous said...

I love it, Chris!
Excellent points all around.

Anonymous said...

I went to 2 Yankee games at Camden Yards 2 years ago. Great location, great ballpark. It was the first time I was at a ballpark or arena outside of NY for many years. I guess I am used to all of our old stadiums and arenas here in NY. Wow, what a great place to go to a game. We deserve buildings like that here in NY.