St. Louis Cardinals' Ballpark Village Plan More Plausible Now That It's Tiny

I'll miss you, pre-recession Ballpark Village—at some point I think it was the St. Louis Cardinals' idea to turn Ballpark Village into a walking-distance recreation of the events of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, with museums, aquariums, skyscrapers, restaurants, and a Von Steuben's Day Parade that just constantly circles the perimeter of Busch Stadium. Now: It's no longer a lake but a series of parking lots, which is considered, in these low-expectationed times, an improvement.

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The Post-Dispatch has the details on the Cardinals' newest re-imagining of Ballpark Village, which boil down to the Cardinals reducing it, for now, to one building, which will house the homeless Cardinals Hall of Fame, some bars and restaurants, and—eat your hearts out, St. Louis Rams—a live concert-y plaza with a retractable roof.

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Not a Ballpark Village so much as a Ballpark Annex, but for now I'm willing to deal with it, just so I can see those cool models of Busch Stadium II and Sportsman's Park that used to sit in the Hall of Fame's main room.

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