Can soccer save Buzzard Point?


The Buzzard Point waterfront, seen from Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, currently features a cement plant and a largely unused heliport. (Maddie Meyer/For The Washington Post)

Will plans for $300 million of investment around a new pro soccer stadium finally turn Buzzard Point into something other than a “jumble of unkempt lots, broken-up streets and unrealized dreams”? That’s the question Marc Fisher pondered in Sunday’s Post. It’s 15 blocks from the Capitol, but thanks to its industrial heritage and poor transportation access, it remains “one of the last unknown corners of the District, a ragtag collection of junkyards, rock-crushing-hard industry, idyllic riverfront boat slips, hideaways for sexual rendezvous, the headquarters of the U.S. Coast Guard, an Army fort that dates to the birth of the nation — and an expanse of surface parking lots that developers have been eyeing for decades.” To be determined: Whether a $150 million stadium and two dozen soccer games a year will change any of that.

In other soccer news:

Council members’ mantra on soccer stadium deal: “devil is in the details” (WAMU-FM)

No, Akridge is not getting the Reeves Center in a straight swap of its stadium land (Housing Complex)

United fans are excited but wary the deal could fall apart (WTOP)

Capitol Riverfront BID has high hopes soccer stadium will kickstart Buzzard Point redevelopment (WBJ)

Vince Gray promises in weekly radio address to get the deal done (WNEW-FM)

What the city thinks the land is currently worth (David Catania)

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In other news:

T.C. Maslin copes with life after a horrific attack (Post)

Thomas Gore, former Gray campaign confidant, will do six months in prison (PostAP)

Thirty new ambulances will be rolling down D.C. streets by Christmas (WTTG-TV)

Protective Services officer’s purchase of assault rifle lands him in hot water (Post)

Lincoln Memorial vandalism leaves a whole lot of important questions (Post)

Warning signs on Jeff Thompson date back to control board days, says Colby King (Post)

Federal corruption investigation: Bad for politicians, good for high-priced criminal defense attorneys (Legal Times)

Council’s move to delay AG election is “enormous step backward for democracy” (Post op-ed)

Following enrollment changes, fewer students enrolled in DCPS summer school programs this year (Post)

Marion Barry appeared on Geraldo Rivera’s show Saturday night; went pretty much as you’d expect (The Hill)

Also, Barry was upset he wasn’t invited to speak at Coast Guard HQ opening Saturday (Twitchy)

WJLA-TV, other Allbritton stations purchased by Maryland-based company (Erik Wemple)

The good news and bad news about United Medical Center’s current finances (WBJ)

Time to get moving on Eisenhower memorial already (Post editorial)

Chartered settlement also means $13.7 million payout to UnitedHealthcare (WBJ)

Delaware governor, Atlanta mayor dispose of Jeffrey Thompson cash (Center for Public Integrity)

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Hacking incident made it a lot harder for LivingSocial to make a profit (Capital Business)

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Advocates: Vince Gray was a jerk to shop clerk, might have broken law (Loose Lips)

Shocking broad-daylight sexual assault of a nine-year-old on H Street NE (Post)

Three black men alleged to have mugged white man while shouting “This is for Trayvon Martin” (Post)

Man found fatally shot in burning Pleasant Plains apartment (Post)

Adam Kokesh is now in D.C., may be staying here for a while (Post)

Seven-year sentence for woman who ran down 58-year-old on South Capitol Street while drunk and high (PostWJLA-TV)

Patient steals ambulance, takes it on seven-block joyride (PostWTOPWAMU-FM)

Dogs are shot by police after attacking, injuring several (Post)

Woman, 30, is struck and killed by SUV on Eastern Avenue (Post)

Man who fell from Key Bridge Friday night was quickly rescued (Post)

Do you know this person of interest in the recent Howard University sexual assault? (Post)

When riding the streetcar, beware emergency braking (Dr. Gridlock)

Southwest Freeway sign work is a real pain in the commute (Dr. Gridlock)

“One City” spreads to a much bigger city (Loose Lips)

@fixwmata is leaving but a group aims to carry on his legacy (City DeskCity Desk)

It has already noticed that Metro has moved some defibrillators from publicly accessible boxes into station kiosks (DCist)

33 percent more car2go vehicles soon to ply city streets (UrbanTurf)

More on Obamacare’s effect on D.C. health insurance prices (Post)

Metro retirees keep close in North Carolina (Post)

With District Flea, Crafty Bastards gets competition (Capital Business)

Food truck owner who said he was quitting due to regulations changes his mind (GOG)

The Washington Kastles are again champions of a sport you probably don’t care about (Post)

Tennis-team owner and soccer-stadium landowner Mark Ein: “Snyder without the smirk” (D.C. Sports Bog)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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Mike DeBonis · July 26, 2013