The Houston 2012 Foundation planned to pay $80 million toredevelop the dome if Houston had won the face-off. Without adeveloper, the dome's future is looking pretty grim.

The other truly great loss in the decision is the internationalprestige that would have come to Houston. It is perhaps that lackof prestige that kept the Energy City from being a true frontrunneralthough it beat out competitors in many of the less subjectivecategories.

Sanford Criner, principal at Houston's Trione & Gordon ONCORInternational, tells that the effect on the commercialreal estate market is negligible, save for the fantastic impactthat surely would have graced the city's hospitality and apartmentmarkets.

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