Ed Emmett: Keep the Dome, But Make a Decision

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More study and discussion, but no dynamite
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett became the latest in a series of local elected officials delivering dire economic news, in his State of the County speech today.

Cuts are coming, and the county will be searching for ways to get by with less, he said.

But Emmett also touched on the Great White Elephant of Houston, the Astrodome.

It sits empty and unused, soaking up county money for insurance and maintenance, but for years no politician has been able to fight nostalgia and call for the damn thing to be torn down.

Emmett certainly didn't call for demolition, either.

"I believe we owe it to future generations to preserve the Dome as a gathering place for special events, such as festivals," he said.

What? No movie studio? No planetarium? No shoot-and-eat wild game park?

Emmett says the situation should be studied, with plenty of citizen input and cooperation between government agencies, which isn't exactly a bold stand, and is pretty much code for "status quo."

But it's clear he wants to keep the building.

"Every time I drive by the corner of Main and Holcombe," he told the crowd at the Hilton Americas, "I shake my head in wonder that the Shamrock Hotel is no longer there. I hope not to do the same as an old man at the spot where the Astrodome once stood."

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Rwerner608
Rwerner608

It is TNT time. It will never be a profitable facility for anything.

Gary Packwood
Gary Packwood

One of the most recognized structures in North America and we don't know what to do with it.

Spring Fest INDOOR concert > Televised to other Cities > Two way video hookups with other Spring Fest concerts across the County.

Live from the Astrodome in (drum roll) Houston, Texas.

Is that so difficult?

chef504
chef504

Tear it down you say Whiskeyr9, what's the matter with you? I am still so very upset that Astroworld is no longer a part of Houston. Now if I want to take my kid to a theme park I have to travel all the way to some part of some other hell. The dome is a great structure that has plenty of potential, and by that I think it's an understood we need to keep it out of the claws of Fertitta. I know we need to act fast, less a mega church moves in and turns it into another six flags over religion. they have all these places like Uptown park, and City Center. Just put a place like that in doors. Remember we have quite a summer around here. I would live in the dome in a condo like thing surrounded by bars and restaurants surrounding me. Just saying. Did I mention bars surrounding me.

Craig
Craig

Flip it into county office. The county is already is TONS of buildings all over the city.

Consolidate and update.

Whiskeyr9
Whiskeyr9

At this point there shouldn't be any room for nostalgia. Its not Wrigley Field, it doesn't need to be preserved. It's just a waste of precious tailgating space. Tear it down. Its already become quite evident nothing will ever be done with it.

Whiskeyr9
Whiskeyr9

Act fast? We're coming up on almost a decade of the place just wasting away while people throw around ideas that lack funding and will never happen. It's a money pit. Tear it down and move on.

illegal1
illegal1

You just proved great minds do think alike. You just became my new best friend. Man if that ever happend, I would actually look forward to having a stay-cation.

TyMo
TyMo

You're right about one thing, the Astrodome is no Wrigley Field. There's not chunks of concrete falling off of it that need to be caught with nets to keep fans from being crushed.

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