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Stadium politics

With each iteration, the stadium subsidy game grows more grandiose, and increasingly rich in political intrigue. As evidence, consider this introduction to an article on the drive for a new football stadium in San Diego.

The San Diego Chargers are drawing up a new playbook for their stadium development campaign that features a broad-based appeal to labor, environmentalists and affordable-housing advocates.

Team officials are working to get a development plan – including a new stadium, more than 6,000 housing units, offices, retail, a hotel and a park – before city voters in November 2006. The project would be at the 166-acre Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley, which the city owns.

The proposal may be tweaked to include fewer but taller buildings – some as high as 20 stories – to allow for as many as 7,000 condominiums and apartments. That would clear space for a bigger park, although no size has been determined.

Labor, environmentalists, and affordable housing advocates? That is some coalition! Thanks to my man in San Diego, RJ, for the link.