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In San Diego, Matthew Hall reports the Centre City Development Corp. (CCDC), the city's downtown redevelopment arm, "agreed yesterday to pay Evolution Media Capital LLC and its New York-based sports finance consultant Mitchell Ziets $160,000" to study "how to build a football stadium in downtown San Diego" for the Chargers. A contract "could be in place by week's end." CCDC has about $386M of "discretionary spending available for future downtown redevelopment," and it is "unclear how much of it might be directed toward a stadium" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/19).

MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT: In Vancouver, Sherlock & Ward reported the Vancouver City Council "endorsed a plan Tuesday night to create a high-density, mixed-use neighbourhood of about 7,000 people around BC Place Stadium and GM Place." The "controversial concept includes a new civic plaza plus four million square feet of residential space and 1.8 million square feet of office space," but what it "doesn't include is the 2.75 acres of park space per 1,000 people that city council holds as a goal." City Council member Suzanne Anton: "I am an advocate of density. I think it makes a city more interesting, I think it makes it more livable, and most important, I think it's better for the environment." Council member Geoff Meggs "stressed that the plan will take years to be implemented" (VANCOUVER SUN, 11/18).

Photo Exhibit Of Jets Football Unveiled At
JetBlue's Terminal 5 At JFK Int'l Airport
ON DISPLAY: In N.Y., Oren Yaniv reports an "eye-catching photo exhibit celebrating 50 years of Jets football kicked off" Tuesday at JetBlue's Terminal 5 at JFK Int'l Airport. The "stunning 26 framed images, including The News' front page from 1969 trumpeting the team's Super Bowl victory, will greet passengers in the atrium past the security checkpoint through Feb. 7." JetBlue Manager of National Sponsorships Lisa Borromeo said that the exhibit is "part of the airline's efforts to enhance the travel experience" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/19).

MUSEUM APPROVAL: In Baltimore, Edward Gunts reports Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's administration has approved a $4.1M plan that would make the city "home to the first East Coast museum devoted to Negro League baseball teams and players." The plan "calls for redeveloping Pennsylvania Avenue's historic Sphinx Club and adjacent properties with a sports-themed museum, entertainment and dining complex" (Baltimore SUN, 11/19).

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