I’ve written about the stadium battle in Richmond. But some new developments in the past week or two have quietly put what is likely the final nail in the coffin for baseball in Richmond.
Quick recap: the Richmond Flying Squirrels (one of the most minor leaguish names ever) are the AA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants and play in an aging stadium on prime real estate in the center of Richmond. Back in November 2013, Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones (D) revealed a plan for moving the stadium to another part of the city. The idea had little political support, though, and eventually was withdrawn.
Lately, city officials seemed to be leaning more toward a private plan that would redevelop the current site and build a new ballpark there. But developments in recent months suggest that even that plan is unlikely to end up on the city’s agenda.
City Council member Kathy Graziano sent a newsletter to her 4th District residents in January that quietly reflects this shift. Graziano’s particular political genius is constituent service, and her newsletter is usually full of the minor details of city living: meetings, recycling information and tax rebate reminders. But this month’s issue included an unusual page-long explanation of her position on the stadium issue.
Richard J. Meagher blogs at RVApol.com. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.