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Chavez Ravine could have been home to a zoo instead of Dodger Stadium

Jan 14, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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Via Craig Robinson, an L.A. Times story looking back over 50 years to an alternate plan for Chavez Ravine. A giant zoo. The article has pictures and a map and stuff. Makes it look like the zoo would have been rather gonzo.

Just think: if that had happened, Ry Cooder would have had one less album in his catalog. Or one more way weirder one.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Chavez Ravine could have been home to a zoo instead of Dodger Stadium

    One could argue the last couple of years under McCourt the place WAS a zoo…

    • cackalackyank - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      Rats, you beat me to this.

  2. Old Gator - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Back around 1982 or 83, the San Diego Zoo held a contest to name the steam train that carried tourists through its safari park annex. The winner was a local kid who came up with the name “Wgasa Bush Railway.” When they asked her how she came up with it, she said she got it from her daddy. Daddy admitted it came from a stamp at his office – I think he was in advertising or something – that they used on interoffice memos. It was an acrostic for “Who Gives a Shit Anyway?”

    I’m not sure if that’s still the name of the steam train, but I doubt it, somehow.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Cute story, but Wgasa would have been an acronym, not an acrostic.

      • Old Gator - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        Only because you don’t speak Swahili.

  3. hlang - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    So LA pols were determined to move those Mexican families out of there no matter what.

  4. cur68 - Jan 14, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    I love how looking down on the area you can see that it’s even shaped like a ball park. The parcel of land that’s where the stadium sits is perfect for a stadium, too. Its as though the area was just meant to be a place to play ball.

    • hep3 - Jan 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      Of course that area was meant to have a ballpark. The park surrounding the area of Dodger Stadium is Elysian Park. Much like the first baseball game between the New York Knickerbockers and the New York Nine played at the Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1846.

  5. tipstopten - Jan 14, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    You mean its not!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. clydeserra - Jan 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    The zoo is what? 5 miles away?

    There is no way that piece of land was not having commercial development after the thwarted housing project.

  7. pooinyourface - Jan 14, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    The place IS a zoo! Shitty team, garbage ownership, getting shot, stabbed, and beat to death by the dirty chinos in the parking lot…yea sounds like a zoo to me!

  8. bubbalynch - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Well what do you know, and the Dodgers biggest rivals (SF) actually do have a zoo in AT&tT Park!

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