Amid building boom, debate over publicly funded stadiums goes on

New York's $850 million Citi Field (above), opened in 2009 with the help of $616 million in public subsidies, including New York state municipal bonds. (Photo: Sam Smith, via Wikimedia Commons)

WASHINGTON — Missouri and St. Louis tried mightily to keep the NFL Rams from leaving for Los Angeles, offering $400 million in state and city money for a new stadium. To justify the public expense, officials argued that the team, which moved from Los Angeles to St. Louis two decades ago, was an economic engine for…

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