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I grew up within walking distance of the Astroworld/Astrodome complex in Houston, TX. My family got season tickets to Astroworld one year somehow and I would ride my bike over there as soon as they opened and ride stuff until all the obnoxious Texans showed up to form lines, eat, and say loud stupid shit. I moved away about middle school age. Years later I was thinking about planning a trip back to the park and found out they had torn it down! They didn't even put anything in its place, its just a big empty field. If you zoom in on Google maps you can still make out where the rides used to go.


I heard they tore down Astroworld, my favorite theme park. Each ride torn down and six flag furled is like a dagger through my heart. I know that I shouldn't be surprised that men with dollar signs in their eyes would take million dollar bids on the memory of kids' summer nights.

The Warp 2000 is the first ride that I ever loved. You sit in a car that rotates around an arm that rotates around a hub. But its all gone.

I heard they tore down Astroworld, packed up and moved away. The orphaned rides found foster homes, but its just not the same. But you know who I feel sorriest for? Those who never got to darken its doors. Because it's one thing to describe and another to arrive and explore.

I can't count how many times I saw "Blast!" before it ended its run. And where else could you be swung from swings suspended from giant guns? I used to stand in line for the cyclone but could never get on, and the XLR-8 was great in its day now it's gone.

Its all gone.


from Astroworld​/​Astrodome 7", released June 23, 2012


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