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What Are the New Plans Being Proposed for the Astrodome?

On Thursday, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett met with the nonprofit Urban Land Institute to seek guidance on his idea for turning the Astrodome into the “world’s largest indoor park.” Judge Emmett has received a lot of feedback since unveiling his idea for the Dome last week, some good, some bad. “Yeah, I’ve had a lot […]

On Thursday, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett met with the nonprofit Urban Land Institute to seek guidance on his idea for turning the Astrodome into the “world’s largest indoor park.” Judge Emmett has received a lot of feedback since unveiling his idea for the Dome last week, some good, some bad. “Yeah, I’ve had a lot of people, you know, send me e-mails, that say I’ve been a buffoon and an idiot, and this and that,” says Emmett, “but overall, people have been very positive about saying, ‘well, this is a vision worth pursuing.’”

The plan remains a vision, for now. Judge Emmett has tasked the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation with determining initial cost estimates for, minimally, creating green space on the field and air conditioning the facility. He expects to have better answers to questions about costs, and what might actually exist in the Dome, within the next three months.

We talk with Judge Emmett about his proposal for the Dome, whether it might move forward with or without voter approval, and what – if any – specifics he can offer about it.

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