I dropped the ball and missed by a few days marking a very important 10-year anniversary
for this neighborhood: on Sept. 22, 2004, the Washington Post reported that
"District officials disclosed plans yesterday to build a publicly financed stadium
costing more than $400 million on the Anacostia waterfront near South Capitol Street, amid growing signs that Major League Baseball will attempt to move the Montreal Expos to Washington."
While there were plenty of plans for the neighborhood already in the pipeline, the jolt that this provided changed the trajectory of the area's redevelopment from a somewhat leisurely pace to a rocket blasting off. And it certainly changed my life.