DCU Fans Not Going Green Any Time Soon
While it seems like a pipe dream at this point anyway, the plan to build a new stadium for D.C. United at Poplar Point just became a lot more complicated.
Five green groups -- The Earth Conservation Corps, the Anacostia and Potomac Riverkeepers, the Sierra Club, D.C. ACORN and the Friends of the
Grateful Dead Earth -- have teamed up with Georgetown's law school to halt any plans for developing Poplar Point, according to Marc Fisher's latest column.
The green folks want the land along the Anacostia River, which they say has been poisoned by dry-cleaning chemicals (among other things), to be cleaned up and preserved as parkland.
This doesn't bode well for soccer stadium plans, Fisher says, because "Whether or not the most dire claims of the greens are correct, the process of finding out can take many years and many millions of dollars."
So now what? Soccer Insider readers hinted at some slight frustration with the latest news and where this thing is possibly headed (anywhere but Maryland!):
I-270, Exit 1: Next up, the PETA lawsuit to prevent the loss of the rat habitat at Poplar point.
Virginia Blue Blood: This doesn't rise my ire towards Maryland but my ire towards the fools who are so wrapped up in the environment. If it stays as Parkland or the city has to pay to clean it up to what they want out of it - it's going to cost a TON more to achieve that and it will NEVER generate any revenue to offset those costs. Either way - the areas that taxpayers are so concerned about lack of funding for will lose in two directions.
The reasonable philofutbol steps in to make a good point. . .
philofutbol: I want a stadium in DC as much as the next guy, but environmental concerns are legitimate whenever you're talking about waterfront development. If it's true that the stadium can be built in a way that actually improves the environment and takes care of any toxics issues, then let's do it. If it will degrade the watershed or keep it from improving, find another site. I like soccer, but I like crabs and oysters too, and those are going to disappear if we don't get control of the pollution in this watershed.
. . . but Virginia Blue Blood won't hear any of it.
Virginia Blue Blood: I will punch the next Green Peace person or Global Warming troll on K Street I pass.
tim: VA Blue Blood, Too funny, I read your comment while waiting for my bus at Farragut West....I looked around but didn't see any Green Peacers. Hopefully there will be room for tailgating in Greenbelt...
Some readers aren't quite ready to give up on RFK Stadium and accept the same fate as the Redskins (Prince George's County):
Dan in FL: Why isn't the RFK site a serious possibility? Isn't that on/near/in Capitol Hill, which I thought was becoming a revitalized part of town? Plus, there's a metro stop right there?
Dadryan: One more vote for redeveloping RFK sight! The Implosion of RFK would draw a larger crowd than Beckham! I lived in Seattle when they dropped the King Dome to rebuild two of the most Awesome stadiums around. The public was skeptical with those plans but you'd probably have a hard time finding anyone in Seattle who isn't pleased with the results these days.
Kev: For the RFK re-development folks... Not even remotely possible. The city/sports commission is not shy about their desire to get the Redskins back into a super stadium on that site...
Building a stadium in -- gasp! -- Maryland seems to be a stronger possibility every day, doesn't it?
downtown: I don't want the team to be in Maryland, and I'm sure that's not the teams first choice either, but if I were the owners I think this would just be enough to seal the deal: Maryland Suburbs United!
Beltwayrob: PG United! CLAP CLAP CLAP PG United!
TCompton: I think that DC United gave up on Poplar Point a while back and have been moving forward with Maryland behind the scenes. They're only keeping the debate open to appear as though they're still interested in working with the City.
Interesting conspiracy theory. And speaking of United's people. . .
Gburg: Wow. Poplar point looks doomed. Where's DC United's PR dept? They're getting outplayed in the media; none of the negative stories are offset by anything positive out of the DCU camp. Come on, manufacture some news! Spin! Its the American Way...
And finally, our anti-environmentalist friend Virginia Blue Blood seems to be feeling a bit guilty about threatening Greenpeace:
Virginia Blue Blood: I just want to put out a statement to other readers so you all don't think I'm as insensitive and illogical as I sound at times. I want what's best for the club. If that's anywhere in PG County - that's fine. I'll find a way to rearrange my life to deal with the added commute so long as what the build is a carbon copy of VW Arena in Wolfsburg.
What do you think is best for D.C. United? If the team moves to Maryland, will you follow?
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