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Old 01-05-2013, 01:56 AM
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In Dyersville, Iowa, home to the Field of Dreams, some real estate developers from the Chicago area want to turn this ...



into this ...



... and host summer games for young kids from all over the country on the 24 ball fields.
They bought 193 acres for $3.4 million plus.

Needless to say, the farmers of the surrounding farns are not happy.

Read the story here ➔ Field of Dreams baseball site sold - chicagotribune.com

If you disagree with this project as I do, you can sign a petition on facebook against this travesty by going to ...

http://www.change.org/petitions/save...table-location

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Old 01-05-2013, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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It was a movie based on a novel you know, it didn't actually happen.

What is the supposed "travesty?"
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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I think it would be cool to keep it but in the end I really don't care, I would love to purchase 3+ acres just outside of Milwaukee to build my own Miller Park to actual dimensions.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Sacramento
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It was just for a movie, not something I'd be upset about.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I actually clicked on the link expecting it to mention something about increased traffic to the area or some such.

It didn't.

I also don't see what the travesty is.

I also assume the OP will never be back to tell us
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:00 PM
 
Location: US
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Why is a random guy from Los Angeles (and not someone like Charlie Sheen who is a massive baseball fan) starting this petition? He doesn't live in Iowa, so why is this his business? The new owners bought the property so they should be able to do what they wish with it. If local residents have concerns with these plans then I suggest that they share their concerns with the local authorites and politicians who can actually get things done. Since this project does not directly affect me it is not my business, and thus I cannot sign any petition for or against this project.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:22 PM
 
Location: NY
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So they are going to preserve the movie site, and then use up some farmland to build a baseball sports complex. I appreciate the complaints of the locals, but I honestly don't see much wrong with this concept.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:36 PM
 
Location: IL
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love the proposal, is there a petition for that too?
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:43 PM
 
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yeah - seems like a nice way to preserve the site (keeping in mind that the site exists because of the story - not the story existing because of this site) while providing a high quality recreational facility that will help kids in the area play ball in top notch facilities
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:09 PM
 
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A few facts about the site:

The field is actually owned by two neighboring (and feuding) farmers. The original owner, Don owned the whole infield/the house and right field with the exception of left/center field being owned by the neighbor. The neighbor for a short period of time replanted corn crops in the outfield and tourists were outraged so he tore out the crops. Both owners have established gift shops (lucrative) without even acknowledging the other person's operation. The field is free to visit, free to even play on (if you bring your own bat, ball, team!) but they will not rent it out for events.

Neat place, I would visit if it was summer and I was within 100 miles of it. Just one of those things that makes America interesting.
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