Required Reading: Stadium subsidies suck; ‘Red Flag’ law gets use; Gamers take to Laurel Park

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A large stadium, featuring burgundy and gold seating sections, is surrounded by a massive sea of parking. The lot is nearly filled.

Staff Sgt. Christopher A. Marasky/U.S. Air Force photo

FedEx Field, home of the NFL Washington Redskins, seen from the air in 2010.

Required Reading is a simple, daily roundup of news coverage relevant to Prince George’s County and its Route 1 communities. In our Jan. 16, 2019 edition: Greater Greater Washington dives into the economics of stadium subsidies, The Afro-American reports on Maryland’s new “red flag” law, Bisnow briefs the rising rents across the region and we take look inside Laurel Park’s new offering for gamers.

A stadium subsidy by any other name is still a stadium subsidy – Greater Greater Washingon

“The infrastructure bill could be enormous. The Oxon Cove site is surrounded by expressways, a subdivision, and the Potomac River; getting tens of thousands of cars onto the site would likely require extensive reconfiguration of the complex interchange between I-495, I-295, Indian Head Highway (Maryland Route 210), and National Harbor Boulevard. That one interchange, built as part of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge reconstruction project, cost over $400 million when built in the mid-2000s.”

New Maryland Gun Law Used In 5 Cases Involving Schools – The Afro-American

“302 orders were sought under the state’s “red flag” law in the first three months since the law took effect Oct. 1. He said five of them related to schools, and four of those five “were significant threats.”

Fatal overdoses, mostly related to fentanyl, continue to climb in Maryland – The Baltimore Sun

“Deaths recorded in the first nine months of 2018 jumped 8 percent from the same period the year before to 1,848.”

Region’s rents rise in 2018 – Bisnow

“Metro-wide Class-A apartment rents increased 2.6% in 2018, the highest annual rent growth the region has achieved since 2010. The region’s strong rent growth is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Delta Associates projects 2% metro-wide rent growth in 2019, and growth betwen 2.5% and 2.75% in 2020 and 2021.”

Playing to win: Gaming community hub grows in Laurel – The Baltimore Sun

“Carr, 25, and Thomas, 21, paid $15 each for an all-day pass and tournament entry at Xanadu Games at Laurel Park, a state-of-the-art video gaming venue with dozens of consoles for group and one-on-one play and 12 PC monitors for individuals.”

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