City Desk

11 Questions about Abe Pollin

Did his MCI/Verizon Center revitalize Chinatown?

Did he coddle Wes Unseld for too long?

Did he err in changing the name of the Bullets to the Wizards?

Did he treat Michael Jordan too harshly?

Should he have re-signed an injured Gilbert Arenas?

Should he have sold the Wizards to Ted Leonsis instead of the Capitals?

Did he put Landover on the map?

Is Gladys and Ron's Chicken & Waffles a good trade for the Cap Centre?

Should he have squeezed a publicly financed stadium out of the District of Columbia?

Where does he rank among owners of Washington professional sports teams?

Good man or great man?

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  • Dave McKenna

    "Did he put Landover on the map?" No! Abe put Largo on the map. When the Capital Centre opened in 1973, it was located in the unknown town of Largo. By the end of the decade,and without moving the building they changed the address to the much sexier Landover. AWESOME TRIVIA: the Capital Centre is one of two major sports facilities that moved to Landover without ever moving, since Dan Snyder took Jack Kent Cooke Stadium out of Largo and moved into Landover with FedExField.
    Poor Largo...

  • Comrade Al Gonzales

    Pollin was just a typical capitalist. His treatment of Michael Jordan was deplorable. Yeah, he built the Verizon Center but the city paid for hundreds of millions of dollars of infrastructure. Then the city paid a few hundred million dollars for the renovations a few years ago - & got the luxury box for Fenty & the council in return.

    No. Abe Pollin was not great, nor was he good. He was just a typical capitalist, ripping off poor people for his own self aggrandizement.

    Good riddance.