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Richmond has been fighting over ballparks for almost 40 years.

Does the debate over the location of a ballpark feel like it's been dragging on forever? Well, it kind of has been.

In 1975, a study conducted by the chamber of commerce concluded that a minor-league baseball stadium built in Shockoe Bottom would revitalize the area.

The study compared the benefits of a Shockoe location with a new stadium on the Boulevard, where the Richmond Braves were playing.

The Shockoe Bottom suggestion "drew criticism from two organizations concerned with historic preservation," according to an article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch published Feb. 28, 1975.

Sound painfully familiar? (Spoiler: In 1984, the city broke ground on The Diamond. It's on the Boulevard.)

A Richmond resident came across the newspaper clipping while cleaning out an old desk. He sent it to his representative on City Council, Jon Baliles, who made copies and passed them out at last week's council meeting.

"I just hope we get it resolved before another 40 years goes by," Baliles said.

If it's 2054 and you're reading this, good luck.

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