Comment of the Day: The Astrodome Debate Sounds Familiar To Detroit

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So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even.

This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit, clarity and whatever else we feel like at the moment.

We pondered again the endless series of plans, studies and delays in deciding just what to do with the white elephant known as the Astrodome.

One reader from up north said it unfortunately sounded familiar.

conatonc wrote:

I moved from the Detroit area to Houston in 2006, and watching the saga of the Astrodome play out over the past 6 years is eerily reminiscent to the way Detroit slowly but completely botched a dozen different plans to save or renovateTiger Stadium, until finally the only choice left was to demolish the old gem of a ballpark.

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Craigley, there is a naivete' in your comment.


Houston has suffered the same white flight that pervaded Detroit -- and gained a large black population post-Katrina.  Minute Maid Park was built in 2000, and so was Comerica Park.... Reliant opened in 2002, Ford Field in 2000.  More alike than you would admit, I reckon.


Now, if you had told the OP that the Silverdome makes a better parallel to the Astrodome than Tiger Stadium, I'd have nodded my head and never replied.


(BTW, "pp" exists in every city, quite copiously in New York's subways.  If that's your measure, there are a lot of heck holes.)


Yes except Detroit was a broke pp soaked heck hole.  All the while Houston was building MMP and Reliant.  Not the same by any measure.  Houston has the money to do something.  Detroit did not.

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