The stadium for the Washington Nationals cost over $600 million, most of it in public funding. A key selling point was economic development of the area along the Anacostia waterfront in DC. But progress is slow, and perhaps the stadium is not the catalyst it was made out to be. This story places much of the blame for the absence of a neighborhood renaissance on the economic crisis, and that's a fair point. But I find this quote from Victor Williams irresistible: "What did it bring here besides the stadium?"