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Could development at SF's AT&T Park spark projects at Dodger Stadium?

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Developers envision AT&T Park could be surrounded by a vibrant neighborhood. Similar plans for the land around LA's Dodger Stadium have struck out.

The area around San Francisco's AT&T Park could become a vibrant neighborhood with homes, shops, parks and more.

Voters there take on a proposal Tuesday that would spur denser development of the nearby land. Supporters envision it will be a little like Chicago's Wrigleyville.

"The Giants have been able to accomplish something that really is pretty amazing: there's no one opposing this," says Bill Shaikin, the LA Times' national baseball reporter.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, there have been similar plans for the land around Dodger Stadium, But every attempt to do it has struck out.

"You'd have to convince neighbors who are already not too excited that people come driving through their neighborhoods for 81 games a year that development is going to bring people to their neighborhoods 365 days a year – and it's going to be a good thing," says Shaikin.

He says that the Giants spent eight years working with local lawmakers and community leaders to slowly get everyone on board.

They also emphasized that the ballot measure was not about improving the experience for sports fans: ads in support talked about the 40 percent of affordable housing units that would be created in the development.

In Los Angeles, Shaikin says there are a lot of political hurdles that have stopped projects and will continue to hobble future one. 

For example, the area around Dodger stadium is currently zoned for agricultural or open space, so there would be a drawn out hearing on zoning and planning.

The Dodgers also have to make a push for development when their public stock is at a all-time high in the community.

"That could be when you win the World Series," he says. "You still can't see the Dodgers on TV, for example, and  I wouldn't dare try to float any development proposal if I were the owners until I resolve that."

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