How Can Houston Preserve Its Aging Astrodome?

Imagine a football stadium that was so technologically game-changing that it became the model for all future sporting venues ever built. Until it was suddenly abandoned 15 years ago. As part of our series Preservation Battle, we look at significant buildings on the brink of demise—where you've been able to find… » 2/25/14 2:00pm 2/25/14 2:00pm

The Astrodome Is Now In The Historic Register, Still Might Be Doomed

The Houston Astrodome was added to the National Register of Historic Places today, seemingly granting it a modicum of attention and protection against its imminent demolition. But not so fast—the fate of the world's first domed stadium is still unclear. » 1/31/14 4:00pm 1/31/14 4:00pm

Is the Long-Abandoned Astrodome Worth Saving?

When the Houston Astrodome opened in 1965, it was hailed as technological marvel, the first enclosed, air-conditioned stadium ever—and the "eighth wonder of the world," according to some Texans. By 1995, it was so dilapidated that players refused to use it. Today, it’s an abandoned shell with a different nickname: “the… » 9/13/13 1:40pm 9/13/13 1:40pm

Check out NASCAR HQ's Swanky Social Media Control Room (and Then Meet…

Last night in Peachtree City, Georgia, I got to sit in the backseat of a VW Phaeton—the cheapest Bentley I've ever seen—for the first time. That pleased my inner automotive cheapskate. We served pizza and beers to Jalopnik and Gizmodo readers, showed clips from our new TV show, and debated the future legality of… » 3/07/13 5:20pm 3/07/13 5:20pm

Save Your Automobile in a Hurricane Using Sophisticated Gadgetry

The Hurricane Rope Tether—because you can never be too prepared when it comes to protecting your beater car from being washed away in a storm. This fancy DIY project is brought to you via a KTRK TV viewer in Houston during their recent brush with Hurricane Ike. File this one under smart tips for suburban disaster… » 9/15/08 2:15pm 9/15/08 2:15pm