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State action could save Houston Astrodome

By designating the Houston Astrodome as a “state antiquities landmark,” the Texas Historical Commission could prevent Harris County from tearing down the famed facility. There are no current plans to tear down the Astrodome, which has sat empty since 2009. Last year Harris County voters rejected a $217-million bonding proposal that would have turned the […]

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Astrodome awarded historic designation –but it probably won’t change anything

The Houston Astrodome has been added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service, a designation that probably won’t affect its fate. The Register doesn’t carry any specific protections: Harris County can certainly go ahead and tear down the Astrodome if commissioners sees fit. But designation does carry some financial rewards […]

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Astrodome renovation plan shot down by voters

A $217-million bond issue for Houston Astrodome renovations was rejected by Harris County voters, leading to the possible demolition of the historic facility. The proposal would have converted the former home of the Houston Astros to a convention and event center. The vote Tuesday wasn’t particularly close — 53 percent against, 47 percent for — […]

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