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on Aug 6, 2009
This is good news; any delay is good but ultimately the hangar needs to be repaired and brought up to code so that it can be re-used. It's a wonderful building.
The hangar is very cool, but sometimes you have to let the past go. All things must pass.
The Federal government is in deep financial crisis. Part of the reason for that is that everybody but everybody wants the government to provide funding for their pet cause. Let's either find private funding to preserve the hangar, or let it go.
I agree with private funding or let it go. All governments from City to Federal need to learn how to live within their budgets.
This "let it go" sentiment seems penny wise and pound foolish to me. If your roof springs a leak, would you bulldoze it? Similarly, if the Feds have a building for which they (NASA) have a great use for and to build a new building for that purpose would be astronomically (no pun intended) expensive, why shouldn't the federal government pay to rehab the Hangar?
That's the thing. Nobody has a good use for the building. Apparently, its not even useful anymore for its original purpose: Airship One is parked in a different hangar.
"Nobody has a good use for the building. "
That contradicts what Lewis Braxton, deputy director of NASA Ames has said repeatedly in public meetings. He has refused to say specifically what use he has in mind for Hangar 1, but virtually without a doubt it is for a new fleet of airships, for which there is renewed interest.
"Apparently, its not even useful anymore for its original purpose: Airship One is parked in a different hangar."
That's kind of circular reasoning. The reason Airship One isn't in Hangar 1 is because no one is allowed in because of the contaminants in the siding. If the siding were replaced, it would be a fine home for Airship One, or for any of a number of uses other than airships.
Bottom line: NASA has made it clear they want to use the building, and they want it restored. Tearing it down is not a good use of our tax money.
As much as some people think we should let the past go, Hangar One reminds those of us fighting overseas of home. The iconic structure can be seen from the freeway and many people take it's structure for granted. I myself miss driving home and seeing the hangar knowing i'm close to home. It's a reminder to many of home, and what we sacrifice our lives and time for by signing up for the Armed Forces. It should be restored, and stay in place for many more to observe.
"The Federal government is in deep financial crisis. Part of the reason for that is that everybody but everybody wants the government to provide funding for their pet cause. Let's either find private funding to preserve the hangar, or let it go"
So, by that line of thought, how long will it be before our President lives in the "Staples White House" or congress meets in the "Monster.com Capitol building"?
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