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So This Explains That Talk About Texas Rangers Moving to Dallas

They're planning a new Arlington development.
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Arlington Texas Rangers development

Over the weekend we learned that the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and the city of Arlington are working on a “public-private partnership” (read: $50 million in tax breaks) to spur a $200 million mixed-use development on land near Globe Life Park.

Of course, we’ve been down this road before when it comes to grand new pictures being drawn of shiny buildings at that location teeming with restaurants, shops and foot traffic. When George W. Bush and co. convinced Arlington voters to provide $200 million in public subsidies (not to mention permit the massive, government-sanctioned land grab that building the stadium necessitated), the promise was that much of the surrounding real estate would be developed. Didn’t happen.

In 2006, the next owner, Tom Hicks, drew up his own set of renderings for a project dubbed GloryPark. Didn’t happen.

Does it expose my skeptical, cynical heart that I assume this news explains why we had that spate of stories in October speculating that the Rangers might pull up stakes and move to Dallas? The team was just quietly laying the groundwork to get the best deal possible from Arlington?

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