Monday, March 14, 2011

What Role Should Stadiums Play in Urban Revitalization?

by Jay Corbalis

In a recent Star-Ledger op-ed article, Jeff Vanderbeek and Michael Gilfillan (Chairman and Vice Chairman of Devils Arena Entertainment, respectively) tout the success of the Prudential Center in helping to breathe new life into downtown Newark. By all accounts, the arena has been an integral part of a larger renaissance underway in New Jersey’s largest city, and has helped attract millions of new visitors (along with some of their disposable income) to Newark.
But we should be careful not to oversell the benefits that sports venues can bring to urban areas, or see them as a quick substitute for a comprehensive urban revitalization strategy.

more posts about urban revitalization:

Denver has increased 10 to 15 percent in public transit use in the downtown

What’s Wrong With Gentrification? The displacement myth

Urban Revitalization: Best Practices to Prevent Residential Displacement Due to Gentrification

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