Dodger Stadium: A Bright Spot For Los Angeles Essay

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In the heart of downtown Los Angeles nestled within the valley of Chavez Ravine lies Dodger Stadium. Overlooking green valleys and rolling hills with the skyscrapers of the city behind it, Dodger Stadium appears as the epitome of peace in bustling Los Angeles. Few would fathom that beneath this sanctum of the Los Angeles Dodgers resides a village of Mexican Americans. Critics ranging from muralist Judy Baca, to academic writers Tara Yosso and David García, to the people displaced themselves argue that the creation of Dodger Stadium can never be justified because it destroyed a village. The construction of Dodger Stadium served the common good according to the definition given in the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. The…show more content…
However in 1952, Hines writes that public outcry questioning the project as “’creeping socialism’” along with investigations of three members of the CHA as possible members of the Communist Party doomed the project (Hines 137). Elysian Park Heights never became a reality which left Chavez Ravine ripe for Walter O’Malley to erect his brand new stadium. Hines states that O’Malley officially acquired the land on October 7, 1957, which meant the families of Chavez Ravine had lost their homes without the reconstructed neighborhood to move back. As defined by International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, “The common good refers to activities or policies that benefit the community. It is concerned with the well-being of the group as opposed to simply the interests of a particular individual or group” (Common 25). The article continues with two different perspectives on the common good. A liberal perspective is built on understanding community through the concern of individual persons. On the other hand, a communitarian stance takes into account the good of the community by placing its good above the good of the individual. The general definition of the common good along with the liberal and communitarian perspectives support that the erection of Dodger Stadium achieved the common good for Los Angeles. The story of the destruction of Chavez Ravine began and ended with the city council of Los Angeles, not the Los
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