Houston is a wonderful place, but we have made more than our share of mistakes over the years. From traffic to tear downs, sprawl to self promotion, we have found ourselves cleaning up the messes of former Houstonians for decades. We hope this series will help illuminate some of the issues and maybe even spur us on to find some solutions.
The Astrodome continues to be a sore spot and not even for the sports played inside it.
It's kind of amazing, all the hoopla surrounding the half-century birthday of the Astrodome, when you consider the neglect it has suffered for nearly 20 of those last 50 years. It is abundantly clear from the celebration and the feel-good stories, never mind the sale of anything related to the Dome let alone seats and other formerly attached memorabilia, that people love the Eighth Wonder of the World, just not enough to do anything about it.
When the Oilers announced they were moving to Tennessee and the Astros took their game downtown to
Enron Field Minute Maid Park, no one bothered to even consider what might happen to Houston's most recognizable landmark. And there still doesn't seem to be a plan on the table that hasn't been hashed over more than once.