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Old 11-30-2011, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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I dont buy that excuse there are plenty of city with decent actvity on the surface that have tunnels,houston downtown has always been a bussiness district, I think that is just more houstians mindset, we just dont care to flock to downtown just for the hell of it, and i travel on the streets a reguar , I see people in the bars, and restarunts all the time, hell at around 1 the flying sauser looks pacted on weekdays, as well.Houston people are not like NY or LA, we tend to only go downtown for certain events. discoverly green and other places have helped in many regard, but again people on tend to hit those venues when something is actually going on there
I promise you if it were not for the tunnels; downtown Houston would have more vibrancy. Something at least to the extent of downtown Austin [speaking daytime]. Nothing major, but definitely a step up.

The tunnels are set up to where outside exposure isn't necessary. No need to step out on the sidewalks in the heat [or cold] when everything is below the streets.
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Old 11-30-2011, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Yaknow what's REALLY cool? When the tunnels fill up with water!

Ronnie
Well since you mentioned it...this was after Allison:

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Old 11-30-2011, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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I promise you if it were not for the tunnels; downtown Houston would have more vibrancy. Something at least to the extent of downtown Austin [speaking daytime]. Nothing major, but definitely a step up.

The tunnels are set up to where outside exposure isn't necessary. No need to step out on the sidewalks in the heat [or cold] when everything is below the streets.
I doubt it. it is the interface that is screwing up pedestrian activity. Most buildings have solid walls of granite, concrete or glass that you cant see into. More active streets have store fronts and restaurants that you see into.

Houston needs to start giving people things to look at in order to keep people on the streets. We also need more street vendors and outdoor cafes like there are on the north end of main.
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Westbury
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the tunnels can be downright busy. imagine all of those people being forced to walk around outside. yes that would really increase pedestrian activity during the week
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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I doubt it. it is the interface that is screwing up pedestrian activity. Most buildings have solid walls of granite, concrete or glass that you cant see into. More active streets have store fronts and restaurants that you see into.

Houston needs to start giving people things to look at in order to keep people on the streets. We also need more street vendors and outdoor cafes like there are on the north end of main.
The tunnels give the people an escape and keeps them off the streets. Retail, restaurants and more down there. It keeps business and people off the streets.
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:28 PM
 
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Exactly. People want to keep Houston lame.

Underground Atlanta
Underground ATL is at the other end of the spectrum: a pointless tourist trap. Houston's tunnel system is comparable to Toronto and Montreal's tunnel system. Those systems are also much larger and connect to things other than office buildings.

Houston actually has several tunnel systems (the courthouses for example have their own). It would be interesting if all downtown tunnel systems were all interconnected and then expanded to connect to the Convention Center, MM Park, Toyota Center, etc.
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Central Bay Area, CA as of Jan 2010...but still a proud Texan from Houston!
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That is the sad part too. I think this pretty much sums Houston up right? All work and no play. Could you imagine the Houston Underground? This is just one example of how Houston fails when it comes to entertainment.
If you can't find entertainment in Houston then something is wrong with you.
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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The tunnels will never be any sort of entertainment center because the tunnels connect office buildings - the portion of real estate that the tunnel is under each building belongs to the hi-rise over it. Those businesses will not ever open night life or tourist things in an office building.
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:26 PM
 
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I really don't care about attracting tourists. I just wish Houston would try and exploit its potential. It isn't about "looking and finding things to do". It is about Houston being a world class city with world class attractions for ITS RESIDENTS. Houston is not there, and that is sad.
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Where nothing ever grows. No rain or rivers flow, Texas
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very sad.
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