Wednesday's Post has a column by Tom Boswell ("Nationals Park: Best of a Bad Lot
") listing the myriad problems he sees with the ballpark
and its surroundings, with Opening Day now just a month away. The Navy Yard subway station. The parking situation. The Florida Rock site
("an enormous and inexcusable 5.8-acre eyesore" that will be "sitting there all season, damaging the river views
from all the ramps to the first base upper deck"). (He does mention that fences to obscure the view at ground level will be going up, which I posted about a few days ago
.) The WASA site
(which "would be the Most Unsightly Thing Near Any Big League Park if Florida Rock and Gravel hadn't already retired the trophy.") The Monument Half Street site
, where he says "construction has stopped." The fact that city views
are only available in the cheap seats.
But he ends with a stab at optimism: "Someday, the Anacostia riverfront will amaze us, just maybe not as soon as we hoped. When it comes to fulfilling huge civic dreams, what's a few years, more or less. In for a dime, in for a decade. "
On the other hand, the article confirms that the garages, which have long been a focal point of much complaining, will indeed be covered, as has long been shown in the renderings, with "league logos, replicas of the 'Washington All-Stars' from the right field scoreboard in RFK as well as colorful baseball-themed ads."