The city council's Economic Development Committee will deal this morning with how to best tear down Reunion Arena: slowly but surely. Should be a nine-month-long, $6-million affair, and it'll look to begin with the removal of asbestos from the old arena -- itself, a three-month job, which begs the question, just how much asbestos was in that place, anyhow? And while the city will stash the obvious keepsakes -- "dedicatory items, photos, plans, lease agreements" -- it will dispose of other items in a three stages, with the Dallas Convention Center getting "any equipment that can help in its operation" at the top of the list.
The other items will be sold off -- first, to "other City Departments," then at public auction with Convention and Event Services getting the dough from the garage sale. (Me, I'd like an old chair from the arena -- something in green. Also, how much does a JumboTron go for these days? Because my bedroom TV's about to go.) Turns out, not only is the city looking to tear down Reunion ASAP -- beginning of next year, all goes to plan -- but also spruce up the Convention Center Arena, which seats up 9,816 but is used only 164 out of 365 days. (Love the part of the memo titled: "Convention Center Arena: What Is It?" Um, isn't it the old Dallas Memorial Auditorium -- legendary venue, home to the Dallas Chaparrals and countless concerts, including Elvis and this famous one back in '64. Zeppelin played there plenty, including after the jump.) It also needs a ton of work, including ... wait, a fire alarm? That can't be right. --Robert Wilonsky
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.