In tight fiscal times, New York City would be insane to chip in $100 million for infrastructure improvements to serve a new Yankee Stadium. Plus, say what you like about the Yankees, but Yankee Stadium has a unique preeminence in baseball history. The idea of converting the existing Yankee Stadium into a parking garage is dumb, only slightly less idiotic than converting Wrigley Field into a shopping mall or Fenway Park into a driving range. I mean, even Red Sox fans would rather win the AL championship by beating the Yankees in Yankee Stadium.
To cap the irony, this story ran on the Times homepage today a few dozen pixels above Bob Herbert's op-ed on the deepening problems of American cities.