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The bad joke of the Astrodome continues: Another new study to nowhere? Really?

The bad joke of the Astrodome continues: Another new study to nowhere? Really?

It's time for another what-to-do-with-the-Astrodome study.

Does it seem like just months ago that we were presented with an assortment of solutions for the dilapidated Astrodome? That's because it was. Four months, to be exact.

It was only in January that the Convention and Visitors Bureau assembled three options to for the future of the Astrodome: Level it, turn into a bare-boned events facility or sink more than $1 billion to convert the iconic sports plex into a state-of-the-art convention center.

The plans came complete with estimates, impact analysis and estimates for necessary public funding — so remind me, why are we paying $500,000 for yet another study?

I should be fair. We (the City, and by extension the taxpayers) are only paying $50,000 — the rest of the money will come from the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, the Houston Texans, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority and ARAMARK.

January's presentation was preceded by a 2009 review that covered much of the same ground — how much it would cost to tear the thing down (millions) as well as ideas for alternative use.

Every year we don't act is another $5 million in the tank sheerly on paying down the dome's debt, insurance and utilities. Don't worry though, County Judge Ed Emmett says we'll decide this year, for real this time. He just didn't say how many additional studies it will take.