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City Baseball Magic--Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks

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City Baseball Magic is a polemic on behalf of the traditional urban baseball park, and an exercise in "pragmatic idealism." Todays new "retro" baseball stadiums look wonderful, but they are outrageously expensive and do not provide the intimacy nor foster the sense of community that was possible with the classic neighborhood ballparks (built in the early 1900's) because th ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 8th 1999 by Knothole Pr
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Jeramey
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports, urbanism
A must-read for baseball fans and urban thinkers. Really an essay, not a full book, but backed with real world examples and potential scenarios where urban stadiums could thrive.
Tim Hoiland
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports
Since the 1989 publication of City Baseball Magic, a wonderful essay by architect, urban planner, and baseball fan Philip Bess, twenty-three (23!) new major-league ballparks have opened. In these pages Bess extols the virtues of ballparks designed for the flourishing of actual cities and neighborhoods – unlike the prevailing model then (and to a distressing extent in some cases, still) of plopping down a massive stadium on a cheap suburban plot amidst an endless sea of parking.

Gone, graciously,
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Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book is a great, quick read for any fan of baseball and good architecture. I had the fortune of meeting Phillip Bess, as he is currently the Graduate Director at the Notre Dame School of Architecture where I attended undergraduate school. His work in urban design is very thought-provoking and counters what has been the norm the past couple of decades. As you'll get a taste of in this book, he advocates a traditional urban design that promotes a healthy community lifestyle, propelled by his l ...more
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