The Natural Resources Defense Council, which has supported the construction of a 72,000-seat football stadium in downtown Los Angeles, now has raised a series of criticisms about the project's potential impact on the environment. Many of its concerns are well founded; rather than fight them in court, the project's developer, Anschutz Entertainment Group, ought to take them into account and use them to improve the proposal.
In a letter to the Los Angeles City Planning Department, the NRDC warned that although AEG's voluminous environmental impact report promises a number of measures to limit the negative effects of the stadium on the environment, it lacks details about how those measures will work and how they will be enforced. To take one example, the NRDC notes that AEG has proposed to limit traffic and reduce air pollution by encouraging mass transportation. But it is unclear from the report how much the company is willing to spend or do to push its customers out of their cars.
Rather than merely complain, the environmental group offers a suggestion: Instead of selling season tickets that include a parking pass — standard procedure at many stadiums — AEG should pair those tickets with a debit card that could be used to take public transportation. That's good thinking.