With most land adjacent to the RailCats' stadium occupied by parking lots and it being next to impossible to find usable commercial space in downtown Gary, it seems inadequate to blame the stadium for failing to spur development on the U.S. 12/20 corridor ("No Home Run," Aug. 11).
If land isn’t occupied by parking, it’s likely caught up in a monstrously complex web of absentee ownership. This makes development tough.
While I think the stadium is a home run for the region, the city itself would do well to focus on the development of smaller spaces, beneficial in being comparatively inexpensive and drawing more street traffic to a city that could become a destination rather than unfortunate scenery between points.
The demand for investment is there, but the city must work to attract high-density development if it wants to capitalize on its stadium. Convenient free parking does not a vibrant city make.
- Nat M. Zorach, The Handbuilt City, Gary