stumpak wrote:Poor? DC is one of the wealthiest areas in the country by any measure--average salary, housing prices, etc.
DC has the highest homless rate in the US. Also, I bet if you looked at median income rather than average you'd see a very different picture. As was pointed out later on the thread, its the areas around DC that are wealthy. In the city, you mainly have students and low-income individuals working service jobs (driving cabs, etc.)
On the taxation issue, however, I disagree that the burden would fall completely on the people living within the city limits. Someone noted earlier that DC has a sales tax, which means that all of those rich people commuting in to the city help support it when they spend their money in the city. Sure they don't buy everything within the city limits, but they spend a good chunk of their change in the city (and they'd theoretically spend more if there was a ballpark), so they will at least contribute to some of the government financing.
Nevertheless, I'm glad to see that a city is not giving a huge handout to the ballclub owners. I don't think DC will be a very good baseball town, anyways. First off, there are very few people who live there their whole lives (I mean, the place is ruled by the national government, and that changes every two years), so you won't have "life-long fans" that you get at other cities. Whats more, going to the ballgame will be more of a smoozing activity than a genuine baseball experience for the people who can afford it; it will be a way to network rather than a way to enjoy a ballgame. I just don't think DC has a population that is predisposed to be a good baseball town. It'll be worse than d-rays games.