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Where Are All Of Downtown Houston’s Pedestrians? They’re Underground

Sandra Lord tells Houston Matters about the history of the city’s underground tunnel system, which connects much of downtown.

Inside Houston’s downtown tunnel system.

Ever gone through downtown Houston on a weekday and wondered where all the pedestrians were?

Well they’re there. They’re just out of sight — beneath the ground in the tunnel system that connects many of the city’s downtown buildings.

We learn how and why Houston’s downtown tunnels were first developed as we talk with Sandra Lord, owner of Houston Urban Adventures and Discover Houston Tours. She’s been giving tours of the downtown tunnels for more than 20 years.

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