100 Economics Question of the Day: An Intermittent Blog: A Win-Win for Da Bums?

Thursday, August 18, 2005

A Win-Win for Da Bums?

History tells us that it took no time at all for Robert Moses and NYC to refuse the request of Branch Rickey to keep the Trolley Dodgers in Brooklyn. Rickey almost immediately moved them to Los Angeles, where dodging trolleys is rather less common.

Since then, as Rory Costello of SABR notes, the area that was Ebbets Field has been developed and used by the city, providing construction jobs, housing, and ultimately generating revenues.

Is this a win-win situation?

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