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Tonight was Election Night and while the city of Houston of course had to deal with a mayoral election (that nobody really cared about given that it was obvious incumbent Annise Parker could have won in a landslide), the more important issue was Proposition 2 — the redevelopment of the famed Astrodome into a convention and event center, what would have been the largest of its kind in the world.

Instead of that dream, the Dome will be demolished as the proposition was rejected with 53% of the vote.

“Clearly, on the issue of the dome, the voters have rejected the proposal and the propose bond issue and so Commissioners Court will have to make a decision as to where we go from here,” Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said.

Costs for revitalizing the dome would have been upwards of $200 million, or a mere $8 per person in the city of Houston. Instead, voters opted for the lesser charge of demolishing the Dome which studies have estimated at anywhere between $29 million and $78 million.

Built in 1966, the Astrodome, dubbed “The Eighth Wonder Of The World” was home to the Houston Astros & Oilers and for a time the Houston Cougars football team. While no championships were won inside of the building from any of the Houston area sports teams, it stood as a monument for being the first domed stadium ever erected in history. The dome was used as a relief area in 2005 for displaced Gulf Coast residents during Hurricane Katrina.

Since falling into a decrepit state internally, the Dome sat as a monolith of Houston history and this past weekend thousands of people bought stadium seats, pieces of astro turf and more in a form of a “yard sale” or a “Dome sale”.

Damn Houston, can we have ONE major historical monument?

[via KTRK]

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