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Do Houston’s downtown tunnels do more harm than good?

We discuss the history, and pros and cons of the downtown area’s system of underground tunnels between buildings.


Inside Houston’s downtown tunnel system.


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There's a lot to like about Houston's tunnel system – the series of underground corridors linking venues and major buildings in the downtown area. Within it are small shops, kiosks, and food options. It's great for office workers who don't want to venture out into Houston's extreme summer heat during the day. It’s also helpful for folks attending some events at night. You can park in a garage and take a tunnel to the venue, or close to it.

But is the tunnel system also holding back downtown?

In the audio above, we discuss that with Kris Larson, CEO of Central Houston, an organization founded by downtown business leaders to promote the health and growth of the downtown area.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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