Jurassic World, the latest movie in the blockbuster Jurassic Park film series, is setting records and drawing a slew of attention – but what would an actual theme park featuring real-life dinosaurs look like?
In a fun article in the Atlantic’s CityLab publication, architecture writer Kriston Capps considered different criteria and chose the North American city best suited to have its own Jurassic World theme park.
And the winner is a city in the state that was once home to the most famous dinosaur of all time – the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
“Houston is characterized by its low density—a negative in many respects, but an undeniable plus when it comes to containing the tragic-yet-frequent dinosaur outbreaks,” Capps wrote. “The city’s growth and urban sprawl only indicates the sore need for the kinds of transit and infrastructure upgrades that such a major development could help to facilitate.”
Houston is also a city known for its diversity – it is home to large ethnic communities, a large LGBT community, and wide swathe of religious groups – which Capps believes will help draw a large number of tourists each year.
The fact that Houston is also home to no zoning laws certainly helps.
“Houston is already home to NASA; if past is prologue, then the city’s successes as the host of the nation’s explorations into the final frontier (space) will serve it well when we conquer the next one (time),” Capps wrote. “Put a Jurassic Park next to the Johnson Space Center and call the campus the Space-Time Continuum!”