While appearing on the KLAQ Morning Show today, Steve Kaplowitz dropped a couple of doozies, even by Kaplowitz standards.

First, he said that "since the Mountain Star Group has pledged to give proceeds to local charities, people who are against the ballpark are really anti-charity"!!

Wow.  I've always heard that good deeds are their own reward.  According to Steve, though, I guess charitable acts now give you the power of political infallibility.  That could really come in handy in day to day life.

Police Officer:  "Do you know how fast you were going back there?"

Me:  "Screw you dude! I've got to get to work and I gave to the March of Dimes this year. Do you hate kids with MS or something?!?"

 

Sorry, but you can't use the promise of future good deeds to squelch all debate. There's just so much wrong with that I don't even know where to begin.

Secondly, Steve said that it wouldn't make any sense for the new baseball team to play out at Cohen Stadium because, and I'm not making this up, "The area around Cohen is already TOO developed. There's no more room for any new businesses to go in."

Really?

 

I see what he means.  No way we're fitting anything else into the densely packed megalopolis that is Northeast El Paso.

I was curious so I brought this image up on Google Earth...

 

Now, with just a little imagination, what could we find room for in this existing space?

Now, for comparison, let's take a similarly scaled Google Earth shot of the proposed downtown location.

 

And now, using highly sophisticated imaging technology, let's superimpose the proposed stadium over the proposed site....

 

What you see here is a photo-realistic vision of how the ballpark will be shoe-horned into the proposed space. The "NO's" indicate places that are already taken (Scottish Rite, Convention Center, San Francisco Historic District, Chavez Theater) that will have to be either purchased or declared eminent domain for new businesses to move in.

Oh, there's room for a ballpark where City Hall and the Insights museum now stands. There's JUST enough room for a ballpark. Can someone explain to me where all these great new businesses are going to open? Withing walking distance? Or are we going to need to go ahead with the Monorail like Springfield did?