* Wednesday's Post uses the plight
of the Positive Nature
youth program to look at how all the remaining small businesses near the ballpark are having a tough time dealing with their skyrocketing tax assessments
. The cab company moving next week mentioned in the article is Merritt Cab at First and K, where DRI is planning its 800,000-sq-ft office and retail project
. There's also an accompanying video
on Positive Nature; and it's interesting to note that Positive Nature arrived in the neighborhood in 2004, so it's not a long-standing business the way the Market Deli is, whose owner is now on the hook for $50,000 a year in property taxes.
* There's also a story that looks back at the openings of DC sports venues
through the years, with highlights such as the Capital Centre getting its final inspection approvals just a few hours before the first Bullets game and the 15-mile backup on the Beltway that greeted the first game at FedEx Field.
Other ballpark stories from Tuesday (keeping in mind that for now
I'm just pointing out pieces that have some slightly different angle from the eight billion other pieces):
* WTOP continues
its ballpark-story-a-day regimen with word (and video!) that, while some of the new temporary surface lots *look* like they're dirt, they're actually a "mixture of compact concrete and other elements that help with drainage."