Richard Greene

Stadium approval a milestone for Arlington

Arlington’s plans for the Texas Rangers include a retractable-roof stadium adjacent to the Texas Live! entertainment/hotel complex.
Arlington’s plans for the Texas Rangers include a retractable-roof stadium adjacent to the Texas Live! entertainment/hotel complex.

The Arlington can-do spirit is alive and well.

The legacy of seizing opportunities lives on, and with the new ballpark, there is every reason to believe that “our best days lie ahead” is far more than common rhetoric.

Now plans to build not only the finest ballpark in the world but also the surrounding development represented by the first phase of Texas Live! will be accelerated.

Amid the atmosphere of a presidential election where voters across the land seemed to declare themselves unhappy with the choices available to them, Arlington voters focused on something positive.

Already privileged to be among the few cities anywhere to host the National Game of Major League Baseball, now the city stands on the threshold of doing something none of the others can match.

When Six Flags Over Texas opened in 1961, not even its developer imagined a world-class entertainment district growing up around its humble beginnings.

To have suggested that World Series games would be taking place next door and hosting the Super Bowl a couple of blocks away would have seemed inconceivable.

But that and much more became a reality. Arlington today is a national destination for family fun and a place where no dream is impossible to achieve.

Richard Greene is a former Arlington mayor.

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