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By Mitchell Schnurman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Jul. 2--BALLPARK ISN'T CAUSE OF CITY'S WOES: Look closely at the city of Arlington today, and it's fair to wonder whether sports stadiums are all they're cracked up to be.
About a decade ago, residents approved a sales tax increase to fund The Ballpark in Arlington, in part because many believed that it would become a catalyst for economic development.
Hotels and restaurants followed, and some real estate progress is now evident, with a Siemens division head...uarters under construction nearby. But most of the land around The Ballpark remains vacant, and its promise is largely unrealized so far.
The economy in Arlington hasn't done much better. According to …