I kept staring at the drawing of Papa Doug’s “vision,” wondering why it seemed so strange to me.
There are those two tiny beaches, the promenade and park named after two minority icons, the boat access channel and above all, the concept of a “sports/entertainment” district. Finally it hit me what’s wrong here.
Despite the naysayers, this really is a great sports city, with perhaps the best year ’round weather in the world. But it’s not a great spectator sports city, never has been. Sure, we have pro football and baseball, and once had an NBA team that left in short order, but the Chargers and Padres struggle to fill their stadiums unless they are on a hot streak or playing someone like the Dodgers or Packers. Boston, this ain’t! San Diegans, and the millions of visitors we get annually are mostly looking for participant sports and boy, do we get them.