A few days ago I promised to post some updated photos I'd taken in The Yards
, which I'm finally getting to. (Been sick as a dog for more than week now, which I blame squarely on Mother Nature's poor performance during the first games at the ballpark.) They're not exactly barnburner photos, since they're mostly shots of either newly paved parking lots or scads of dirt waiting to be turned into something. But, follow the
icon for new images of the Boilermaker Shop
(above), the Waterfront Park
, and the Pattern Shop Lofts
, all of which are scheduled to open in 2009.
I've also added additional photos to the archive
, at "intersections" that don't actually exist just yet, but provide additional views of what's happened so far: 1 1/2 Half at N
(where the old GPO building was--seriously, it's going to be called "1 1/2 Street"); Second at Tingey
and Second at Water
(which will become real intersections when Second is eventually built south of Tingey and Water Street becomes a new road north of the park); and Third and Tingey
(which will become more of an intersection when Third Street is extended one block south, to the new Water Street). See the map
to get a clearer idea of what I'm babbling about. And eventually I'll take some new photos from the Fourth Street side, too.
* There's not a single story that I can find in the media this morning talking about how last night's predicted commuting catastrophe
went, on the roads, at RFK, or on the Metro. The announced paid attendance at the ballpark
was 23,340, up a few thousand from Monday night, and judging from the 55 M web cam
the vast majority of people arriving by Metro made it before first pitch. (The 10-4 drubbing at the hands of the Marlins was a disaster of a different sort.) Anyone have any problems?
(Ah, just as I finished writing, here's Metro's report
, saying that yesterday was its ninth highest weekday ridership day ever, though tourists and cherry blossom visitors were part of the mix, too.)
* My Ballpark and Beyond column
in today's Post looks at how the dire predictions for Opening Night and Monday night didn't come to pass, and also the many different ways you readers reported getting to the ballpark on Opening Night (so, thanks for all those comments
--made my job easy this week!).
* An Inquirer columnist disses
concessionaire Aramark's performance at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, noting that the company, which had been in charge of concessions at RFK, didn't get the gig at Nationals Park. (He also tosses in a plug for Ben's half-smokes.)
* I'm going to add a list of available cash lots to my Stadium Parking page
--I'd love some on-the-ground reports to make sure I'm getting them all (Splash, Chez Resnick at First and L, 80 M, South Capitol and Potomac, perhaps Positive Nature--anyone seen any others? If so, where, and for how much?).