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Tuesday, August 19, 2003

The Astrodome

Should it be torn down, or kept for posterity? That is the topic of an LA Times piece today.

I say keep it. I'm happy that I saw the Kingdome before it was knocked down out in Seattle, and I haven't yet had my chance to see the Astrodome. I suppose the real answer depends not just on sentimentality but also on how valuable the real estate is and what other development options exist. The article notes that, "taxpayers pay an estimated $1.5 million a month just to maintain the little-used Astrodome, which rests on 9 1/2 acres of real estate, is 710 feet in diameter and is tall enough to contain an 18-story building."