The New Dome Experience Makes the New Coke Experience Look Well-Planned
|The New Dome Experience? This is the work of people who think you're stupid|
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.