The Astrodome is a symbol of innovation and ingenuity that put Houston on the map. Today, after decades of disuse, it is poised for a dramatic comeback as a multifunctional park and event space. So why are some Texas senators standing in the way?
In September 2016, Harris County Commissioners’ Court voted unanimously to move forward with a major renovation project that would reinvent the Astrodome for generations to come. Unfortunately, that effort recently encountered a roadblock when Texas State Senator John Whitmire introduced a bill (SB 884) that could delay the rehabilitation and reuse of the Dome—or stop it entirely.
Plagued with inaccuracies, the SB 884 claims that Harris County—the owner of the Astrodome—lacks the jurisdiction to make decisions about the building’s future without a public vote. This simply is not the case, especially since county officials took extra care to ensure their plan would not come at the expense of taxpayers.
Today, we’re asking Dome lovers everywhere to stand up for the “8th Wonder of the World” by signing our petition to Whitmire and his colleagues who support the bill.
The fate of the Astrodome is too important to get bogged down in politics. This place must be saved for future generations. Please take action today.
Reconsider your Support of Senate Bill 884
Dear [Decision Maker],
I'm writing in support of Harris County's plan to reimagine the iconic Astrodome as a dynamic place open to all Houstonians and visitors to the Bayou City.
The Dome is a beloved landmark that should be part of a thriving Houston for generations to come. Harris County Commissioners' Court has approved a bold, yet fiscally responsible plan to make that happen. Working with their nonprofit partner, the Astrodome Conservancy, the county will put the Dome back into service and return it to its original role as the heart of NRG Park. Astrodome fans have waited too long for this moment. Let's leave its fate in the hands of local elected leaders where it should be. I urge you to reconsider your support of Senate Bill 884. When it was originally built, the Astrodome represented the innovative spirit and can-do attitude of Houston and of Texas at large. Today, it can and will do just the same.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]
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