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The Best Plan Yet to Save Houston's Astrodome

Let's turn the "world's biggest room" into an indoor park, with trees, flowering plants, and an aquaponics research lab.
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Back in December, the Urban Land Institute assembled a panel of planners, architects, and other experts to think about the future of the Astrodome. The Urban Land Institute just produced a report based on the panel's findings that praises the design and history of the Astrodome and offers some suggestions for its future.

Good news for fans of the Eighth Wonder of the World: The panel's report recommends that the Astrodome be restored. Saving the Astrodome—by converting it into a multi-use indoor park—will be "contingent on the same bold, creative, and determined leadership that created the Astrodome 50 years ago."