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Should the Astrodome Debate Be Taking This Long?

Maybe you’ve grown fatigued with the seemingly endless discussion of what to do with the Astrodome. The conversation’s been ongoing for several years now — with no end in sight. But, when it comes to trying to decide the fate of a major city landmark, the length of this kind of public debate is pretty […]

Maybe you’ve grown fatigued with the seemingly endless discussion of what to do with the Astrodome. The conversation’s been ongoing for several years now — with no end in sight. But, when it comes to trying to decide the fate of a major city landmark, the length of this kind of public debate is pretty typical, at least according to Patrick Phillips. He’s the CEO of the Urban Land Institute. His organization studied the dome and in March recommended transforming the historic, 50-year-old structure into a multi-use facility.

The recommendation folded in several different interests — the Houston Texans, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Offshore Technology Conference and the general public. In advance of the Urban Land Institute’s annual spring meeting, which gets underway in Houston on Wednesday (May 13, 2015), Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty asked Phillips if trying to please so many different parties helps or hurts the cause of preserving the dome.

MORE: The Urban Land Institute’s Full Astrodome Report

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