Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Save Houston. Put A Dome Over The City


Houston today without the dome

I grew up in northwest Detroit, a block-and-a-half from the same 8 Mile Road that singer Eminem has made so famous. When we crossed 8 Mile Road we found ourselves in Southfield. And it was there that the first big shopping center in the United States - Northland - was built.

Northland was quite the place until it was rendered outmoded by covered shopping malls that popped up all over the country. So someone got the bright idea of covering Northland. Making the outside shopping center an inside mall.

Now someone is suggesting the same for Houston.

That's right - Houston. As in the fourth most populous city in the United States.

They want to save Houston from the elements and possible economic or physical ruin as a result of hurricanes and the like by putting a giant dome over the entire city. The idea is, once the dome is built, it won't matter if a hurricane visits. Houston will be high and dry.

The dome would be taller than skyscrapers and would withstand hurricane-force winds. And, proponents say, it would be easy to repair.

And, I guess most importantly, no one's golf games, soccer matches, or football or baseball games would be cancelled on account of the weather.

3 comments:

Lonesome Dove said...

And, I guess most importantly, no one's golf games, soccer matches, or football or baseball games would be cancelled on account of the weather.

Golf? We don't care about no stinkin' golf! Well, I don't anyway, but inclement weather hardly puts a damper on major league football, baseball and basketball in Houston. The Astrodome was the first of its kind, billed as the "Eighth Wonder of the World" so who knows, maybe maybe we'll build the Ninth! But if it gets any colder inside Houston's office buildings in summer, I'm going to start clamoring FOR global warming!

Lonesome Dove said...
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Lonesome Dove said...

The more I think about this, the funnier it is. As I told you, in area, Houston is well over twice the size of Los Angeles and it also has not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, but SIX skylines! It will prove difficult finding the center of THAT dome! Maybe they're thinking about a gynormous 6-ring circus type effect... Imagine when our friends from Dallas drive down - what a surprise that will be.

One last thing, how will a dome prevent flooding? Most weather-related damage caused in Houston doesn't come from high winds or hail, unless we have hurricane force winds and that's not too often, but we'll put our flood waters up against anybody's, anywhere, any time! Ever seen 18 wheelers floating down the interstate? We have! Better put some industrial strength gutters on that dome with long spouts feeding into the Gulf!