The New Dome Experience Makes the New Coke Experience Look Well-Planned


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The New Dome Experience? This is the work of people who think you're stupid
Here's a novel idea: If the Texans and the Rodeo want the damn exclusive use of this space, and if this is a Rodeo-approved plan, then why in the hell don't they pay the $194 million that'll be needed for this boondoggle? It's the Rodeo's demand of three weeks of exclusive use that has kept any other plan from being viable. It's the Texans' whining over parking that has helped to torpedo other uses. Make them actually have to pay for something for once instead of constantly dining off of the teat of taxpayers

Then again, this whole fiasco has never been about saving or refurbishing the Dome. It's always been about saving face. About finding some way to get cowards on Commissioners Court off of the hook. Tear it down? Well, only if there are no other options. Rebuilding it with taxpayer funds so as to guarantee the revenue streams of the Texans and the Rodeo, well, if that's the only option. And if this plan is put on the ballot and the voters stupidly support it, then how can the Commissioners be blamed, because it's what the public wants.

The Dome is an architectural wonder that deserves much better than what the county's not-so-benign neglect has delivered. Unlike its next-door neighbor, the Dome is a building with character and personality. It defines a Houston from a past era, a Houston that was forward-thinking and was on the leading edge of the space race. But Houston's now like Reliant Stadium, a stale, sterile rip-off of ideas generated by outsiders who care less about Houston's past, present or future -- much like Minute Maid Park is just a poor imitation of many things done so much better.

If any building should be demolished to make way for parking it should be Reliant Stadium. If there's any body of people who should be replaced along with Reliant Stadium, it's the worthless fools who make up the Commissioners Court, who are more concerned with reelection than they are with doing what's right by the Astrodome and with the citizens of Harris County.

It's doubtful that Commissioners Court reads this blog, but if they do, please say no to this abomination of a plan that is set to do nothing more than rip off taxpayers while continuing to enrich the Texans and the Rodeo. Let's defund the damn Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation.

And while this opinion might not be the popular one, I urge this: If somehow this supreme folly ends up on the ballot, please vote no.


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curaecivem
curaecivem

With no demonstrated track record or skill to go after any real news, and with no significant history of   it's own  in  Houston's 4th estate,   the young, brash ill-informed HP, as they so predictably do, announce their rebelliousness for anyone to hear like some angry teenager screaming out his bedroom window, defying the world,  shaking his fist at authority. They cite "facts" that are laughable. With scarcely two decades of reporting, how can they possibly understand the Dome as a unique Houstonian cultural artifact?  They see only the price tag of preservation, as if it were some overpriced flea market watch.  How then can they be expected to understand the pricelessness of preserving it? That would require a maturity they are yet too juvenile  to possess.    

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

John Royal:  You're not from Houston, are you?  It will cost 100 million just to tear it down, with nothing to show for it but 2,600 more parking spots?  When Astroworld space complete with an already made bridge is available?  Sorry to shit on your shitfest, but I'm sick of new transients coming in and blowing up everything here.  We already lost the Shamrock.  We don't need to lose the dome.


As to the 194M?  It ain't coming out of your pocket, so kindly shut the F*** up.

AnalHerpes
AnalHerpes

Great article -- Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation just boned us again and are thumbing their nose to us and laughing.

Diane Duffy Robinson
Diane Duffy Robinson

I do not live in Houston and I find this to be a horrible plan. Once again the residents & taxpayers of the city are being expected to foot the bill for the benefit of corporations. They want it ...let those entities pay for it. This is a must read article !!!

Jana Trovato
Jana Trovato

I want to see Houston save the Astrodome. But, they need to make it a useful building again. Indoor amusement park? Houston tears everything down and all the history just gets bull-dozed. Please don't do this to this architecture wonder.

AtaboyLuther
AtaboyLuther

Knock it down and construct a multi-level parking facility.  There will be room left over for green space.

cepage
cepage

This is a ridiculous waste of taxpayer money. I have submitted a plan that will only cost $45 million. We tear down the Dome, and erect a 2,750 foot high version of the Beer Can House.

It will be the tallest building on the planet, thus restoring its status as a true architectural wonder. It will exemplify the dignity and culture of our city, and offers clear sponsorship opportunities that can further reduce the cost.

MadMac
MadMac

Actually, it would be coming out of every tax payer's pocket. Unless you want to write the check? And no, it won't cost $100m to demolish the dome. The highest estimate I've read is $25m, which is about 10 year's up-keep fees. And since it seems necessary for your little argument, I was born at Jeff Davis Hospital and grew up in Eastwood. That native enough for you, Skippy?

jwroyal
jwroyal

I'm a native. You would probably know that if you had read some of the past things I've written.

MadMac
MadMac

As long as NASA is paying for it, sure.

Glenn
Glenn

@Diane Duffy Robinson 

You don't live here?? Then butt out!

MadMac
MadMac

And it will pay for itself in parking fees. Good plan.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

@jwroyal Then why would you ever think that tearing this down for unneeded parking is a good idea?  It was built in 1965, so it's at that weird phase where people forget its marvel and see it as an eyesore.  Folks 2-3 generations from now will recognize it as a beautiful  building and a phenomenal engineering success, much like the Brooklyn Bridge.  Remember that Houston destroyed dozens of classic buildings years ago because they were considered outdated.  How'd that turn out for us?

MadMac
MadMac

Um, the Feds don't "live here," either but I'd really like them to take a look at the HCSCC's books.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

@MadMac Reading comprehension is obviously not something you excel at.  It states why the Astrodome would be far more expensive.  Now, you could argue that figure seems high, but you stated the highest figure you had seen was $25 million.  (never mind this article right here said $29....)  I tend to mock this type of behavior, which is why you received the comment I presented.  If you feel the need to keep digging yourself into a deeper hole, be my guest.  And the Skippy thing?  lol. 

MadMac
MadMac

Research? Try reading--from your own article! "Experts quoted in the article are dubious, however," and "The priciest stadium demolition a Houston Chronicle examination found was $22 million for New York’s Yankee Stadium."

Meanwhile, no one in the article listed their city of birth, Skippy.

zlilgrnbrd
zlilgrnbrd

If you read the whole article, you'll see that @jwroyal wants to save the Dome just like you do, just not with the proposed plan.

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