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Cubs Approved For More Night Games; Team Not Happy With Provisions
Published June 6, 2013
STRIKING OUT ON RENOVATIONS: In a special to the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Cheryl Kent writes Wrigley Field may "be battered, but as it approaches its centenary, it is still authentic." So it is "strange to see plans from the Cubs that would undermine Wrigley's best, enduring qualities by cocooning it in a suburban design and by fudging the line between what's real and what's not." The Cubs clearly want to "harvest the cash being gathered in their name by the neighbors, including the rooftop owners." There is "nothing wrong with that, especially when the area is being upgraded in the process." They also are "after advertising revenue." However, the Cubs "deserve credit for the breadth and ambition of their plan." It could be "transformative." But the "trouble is the Cubs are also pitching a plan for a kind of baseball theme park that pretends to authenticity while proposing to damage the integrity of the real deal." The scale and size of the proposed hotel and mixed-use buildings "are good." They will "fit in without overwhelming the neighborhood." But the designs "affect an embarrassing historicism, presumably meant to evoke the early 20th century when Wrigley was constructed" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/6).