When the promised jobs and economic development failed to come, residents grew distrustful of the city...and now that we're talking about an economic boom downtown from the possible departure of the Rays, those residents (and their descendants) wonder where their share of the profits are:
Hundreds of people lost their homes and livelihood as the City used its power of eminent domain to make room for what would eventually be called Tropicana Field.It's a good story - check out the short article and video here.
It would sure be nice, says Grayson, if they'd consider sharing some of the wealth it created with the decedents of the displaced.
"But you think they'd do that?" she laughs, "No."
"It was a whole community. We had stores, they had restaurants and all of that. It was just gone. They just took it," says Grayson. "It's over now. But I just wish you could've been different."