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.