Saturday, December 5, 2009

peter graham in the news again today

That little backhander, for some reason, hit me like a slap in the face. Shit. That's exactly what they are. They're those damn "lifestyle centers" on the fringes of the 'burbs, however placed downtown (usually), where you love the upscale "city" feeling being evoked even though peter graham it's contrived and artificial and mass-produced. Instead of shopping at Barnes & Noble and Restoration Hardware, you're watching the Phillies.

Anyway, I don't think these parks are going to age very well at all. Consider that for the most part, stadia abroad tend to be more progressive in their architecture, whereas we've been highly regressive in most peter graham cases. Sometimes we graft a retractable roof to the whole thing, but that's as modern as we go. While on the surface, it seems ridiculous to posit that this effort at "timeless" parks could look really stupid and misguided in 30 years, but consider a few things:
1) A lot of these parks look too similar. There are superficial differences, and the trained baseball eye can easily tell one from another, but peter graham for all intents and purposes, Citi Field is Busch Stadium is Citizens Bank Park is Coors Field. One of the big things that made Camden Yards a rousing success was that everyone had to check it out, and it gave Baltimore the kind of tourism boom it would never get otherwise. Will people have to see Citi Field? There are cantilevered stands, miniscule foul ground, and it sorta looks like Ebbets Field. Seen it.