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Blockbuster decided on Friday to sell 1,600 acres it had planned for a mega-sports and entertainment center. Blockbuster Entertainment is also asking for the legislature to "dissolve the special district it created for the mammoth project once envisioned" by Chair Wayne Huizenga. With the decision to sell the land, the idea of Blockbuster Park "is now officially dead" (Cindy Goodman, MIAMI HERALD, 3/25).
The plans for a new arena in downtown DC has created controversy among local Chinatown merchants. The arena proposal calls for a block-long 80-foot high blank wall along H Street, NW. Alfred Liu, a member of the Mayor's Task Force on Arena Planning and Design, said the design "seems quite cold and cruel to Chinatown. It's really insulting." Liu said there are some major flaws in the arena's new design, including a lack of entrances and exits on the Chinatown side of the arena, the large amount of retail space would compete with Chinatown food and retail businesses, and a lack of on-site parking (Thomas Hall, WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL, 3/30 issue).