The Astrodome: From Here To Eternity

From Here To Eternity!

From Here To Eternity!

Veteran broadcaster, writer and author Greg Lucas said it best yesterday as a comment addition to our “Dome. Sweet Dome” column on the April 9th 50th Anniversary of the Astrodome party we covered in words and pictures:

Greg Lucas

Greg Lucas

 “Have to admit I didn’t get in line to see what we have now. I remember what it was well enough. However, was on hand and extremely happy with the support. Now if everyone can really learn what the plans may be I am sure there will be more than enough support in the county to keep the building alive and useful once again. While it can never be the main stadium again, it very well can be the centerpiece of the whole complex for sure. The Astrodome IS our Eiffel Tower or St. Louis Arch. But unlike those two icons the Astrodome can have a real function and not just a place to see and climb! There is already more history to the ‘Dome than most centerpieces can ever hope to have.”

~ Greg Lucas, Pecan Park Eagle column comment in response to “Dome, Sweet Dome”, published Friday, April 10, 2015.

Greg Lucas recorded a three-pitch strikeout of any serious opposition to the restoration of the Astrodome into useful service to the community now and the ages to come:

Strike One:The Astrodome IS our Eiffel Tower or St. Louis Arch.”

Strike Two:But unlike those two icons the Astrodome can have a real function and not (be) just a place to see and climb!”

Strike Three: There is already more history to the ‘Dome than most centerpieces can ever hope to have.”

No matter who opposes saving the Astrodome, be they business interests with a financial investment in turning the great icon into more parking space – or transient Houstonians with a nose sniff of indifference to our community’s history and legacy because of their fear of additional taxes – Greg’s words are the challenge to all of us who support the city’s need and responsibility for preserving this incredibly history-packed structure that once served as the beacon vehicle to Houston’s march into the station of becoming a world class socioeconomic culture and city.

Over 30,000 Houstonians showed up for the 50th Anniversary party on Thursday – and most of those entered into the two hours long line – and some remaining there deep into the evening, beyond the original 8:00 PM announced closing – just to get inside and rekindle their memories of the Astrodome.

You just don’t kiss goodbye anyone or anything that’s meant that much to you in a single lifetime. – You fight back to keep and restore your relationship with that person, ideal or object to a renewed level of awareness and purpose.

The Astrodome must be saved and renewed to genuine purpose. Any other outcome is totally unacceptable – from here to eternity.


3 Responses to “The Astrodome: From Here To Eternity”

  1. shinerbock80 Says:

    Memories aside, the Astrodome is a taxpayer-owned asset that would cost north of $800 million to build today. It is totally structurally sound and completely paid for. Add its unique architecture, and only the most short-sighted fool would fail to comprehend the value to the taxpayers of repurposing it. Sadly, a lot of fools live around here. We must overcome them.

  2. Mark W. Says:

    Well said Shinerbock.

    I greatly appreciate these revitalization efforts for the Astrodome. This structure stands as one of the world’s most extraordinary architectural, engineering, and construction accomplishments through the end of the 20th century, and represents literally the only claim Houston has to any such world-class icon of human achievement. The citizens of Houston apparently were betrayed by an excessively fluid demographic that made educational continuity difficult to sustain. However, those who understand the situation, understand that our city has been, and still is, at great peril of losing one of its most significant defining features to entropic economic forces that have little serious significance unto themselves. It is true, for example, that the large airplane hangar next to the Astrodome where a football team plays currently is a more viable source of commercial revenues than its nearly-forgotten next-door neighbor; but in the long-term, a historically preserved and revitalized Astrodome will dwarf that one-dimensional venue not only in historical, cultural, educational, entertainment, and recognition value, but because of these elements, the Astrodome also will surpass the football stadium in commercial value. This will grow more glaringly true as the wider culture increasingly withdraws its support for a sport that damages the brains and shortens the lives of its participants.

    The right kind of revitalization will of course determine the ultimate success of the Astrodome’s future.

    I envision a multi-faceted complex including a sports museum or a museum with a sports component, an automobile museum hopefully as good as the terrific museum in San Marcos housing the Dick Burdick collection, perhaps a petroleum energy museum, a basketball court for college and maybe even pro games, shops and restaurants, a hotel, beautifully landscaped green park areas,
    monorail transport to various locations within the domain, and no doubt many other great features can be included through a solicitation of public input. Remember, once the paint is removed from the lucite tiles, grass and greenery grows very nicely inside the Astrodome.

    Anything less than full revitalization of our 8th Wonder of the World will represent for Houston the greatest act of self-sabotage in the history of our city.

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