Qualcomm site: A sports/fun district a good reuse?

The proposed SoccerCity project at the Qualcomm Stadium site would include this events plaza where sports fans could congregate before and after games. (Gensler)
The proposed SoccerCity project at the Qualcomm Stadium site would include this events plaza where sports fans could congregate before and after games. (Gensler)

Question: Does San Diego’s economy need a sports and entertainment district?

Bob’s Answer: NO

These districts benefit sports team owners, oftentimes significantly reducing proper infrastructure planning. This might include convenient freeway and light-rail/trolley access that are crucial components of planning these high density projects. The prosperity of L.A. Live in Los Angeles vs. the struggles of Glendale, Ariz., prove that these districts do not guarantee success. Development of the Qualcomm site can move forward without special incentives that may not benefit the economy as a whole.

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