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What if we covered a city in a giant glass dome?

Theres a very funny conversation that happens between Calvin and Hobbes in one of theircomic strips. It goes like this:

Calvin:Yea, big deal! Humph. Where are the flying cars? Where are the moon colonies? Where are the personal robots and the zero gravity boots, huh? You call this a new decade?! You call this the future?? Ha! Where are the rocket packs? Where are the disintegration rays? Where are the floating cities?

Hobbes:Frankly, Im not sure people have the brains to manage the technology theyve got.

Calvin:I mean, look at this! We still have the weather?! Give me a break!

CALVIN AND HOBBES © Watterson. Reprinted with permission of UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE. All rights reserved.

People think about domed cities because, as Calvin points out, we havent figured out a way to control the weather. If everywhere in the world could have weather like San Diego, it probably wouldnt be an issue. Unfortunately, in big cities like Buffalo, Minneapolis,New Yorkand Chicago, the weather is decidedly NOT San Diego — especially in the winter!

The goal of a domed city is to take a large urban area and cover it so that:

The temperature is the same year round.

Theres never any rain or snow to spoil picnics and weddings.

The cancerous effects of thesunare eliminated during outdoor activities.

Read on to see if these domed cities have ever been attempted before.

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