Vote, What Vote? It's Time to Discuss the Astrodome's Future, Yet Again
And so it begins again. The quest to save the Astrodome from the uncaring philistines who care nothing for architecture or history. Sure, there was a vote last November. And sure, the voters defeated a measure that would have used taxpayer funds to turn the Astrodome into a glorified visitor center for the use of the Texans and the Rodeo.
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The vote was never meant to be the final word on the fate of the Astrodome, despite the voices of all the doomsayers saying a no vote meant sure destruction. The people who voted no probably thought that, too. Enough with the yearly wasting of millions of taxpayer dollars for a facility that is currently not safe to be used for any purpose.
That might be what the voters thought last November. But thinking has nothing to do with reality. A reality that this week has the brilliant minds responsible for the current condition of the facility meeting to once again discuss the fate of the Astrodome.
"The Judge [Harris County Judge Ed Emmett] is going to call a meeting and he's begun contacting people, essentially the folks who have an interest in the Astrodome," Emmett's director of communications, Joe Stinebaker, told Fox 26 last week.
That meeting is on Wednesday morning, and it's expected the most important people with a say in the outcome of the Astrodome will be present. Those people aren't the voters. Instead, the folks with the real interest in the Astrodome are those with the Houston Texans and the Rodeo -- you know, the very people who have vetoed every legitimate plan that has been presented for the use of the Dome because it would interfere with their absolute control of the area, especially on Sundays and during the Rodeo. (The virtually useless plan defeated by the voters last November would have seen the place primarily used by the Texans and the Rodeo for their games and events -- and for Quidditch tournaments.)
"The Livestock Show and Rodeo, for example, really needs a new arena," Emmett told KUHF. "The Texans really want something done before the Super Bowl."