(I'm not sure there's anyone who is wishing more than me that the dang thing would open already....)
* The Examiner looks at
Southwest residents just across from the ballpark who are selling the parking spaces that came with their homes to Nats fans for as much as $3,000 a season. But if you park near these houses and don't have a visitors pass (or aren't one of the chosen few who fork over the dough for these private spaces), expect the residents to call DPW to have you ticketed and towed.
* The Post's newly reconstituted DC Wire blog catches up with Ken Wyban
, the only resident homeowner on the ballpark footprint to lose his house
when the city invoked eminent domain to take over the land. (City Paper talked to him
a few weeks ago in their big ballpark Winners and Losers cover story.)
* Reader Sean alerts us that the Express has a special section on the ballpark today too. Looks like a bunch of the pieces are available here
* Even the Annapolis Capitol newspaper gets in on the fun with its own overview of the ballpark
, though they get a demerit for misspelling South Capitol Street and for mentioning the "Southeast neighborhoods west of the ballpark." (Uh.....)
* WTOP talks about the plans for security
around the ballpark, at an estimated cost to taxpayers of $1.2 million.
* And, just as I'm finishing this up, I see that MLB.com has a new article
about the preparations and plans for this weekend's festivities.
Apparently the beautifying of the neighborhood is underway, too--the black fence along Half Street at the Monument hole in the ground
now has art on it (see 55 M web cam
) as well as banners on the upper floors of 55 M
facing the ballpark, and the Stadium web cam
shows a "Welcome Home Nats" sign on the side of 100 M
. The recent jet-black paint job on the old Domino's at 1200 South Capitol is part of this, too, and look for more Monument Realty "art" around all of its holdings.