Remote Work in Downtown High-rises Is Killing the Businesses in Houston’s Tunnels

Remote Work in Downtown High-rises Is Killing the Businesses in Houston’s Tunnels

The Houston Center at 1200 McKinney connects to the E. McKinney Tunnel. Its shops also mostly empty with low foot traffic.For thirty years, Sandra Lord all but lived in Houston’s tunnels. By day, she led tours of the six-and-a-half-mile underground system, a labyrinthine mall that connects City Hall with Discovery Green and the largest downtown office buildings. She bought the first of her two parakeets, Bonnie and Clyde, in a defunct pet store under the old Woolworth building (now a parking garage), ate Vietnamese dumplings almost every day for lunch in the Houston Center on McKinney Street, and got her hair done at Red’s Barber Shop under Fannin. Now in her eighties and in a wheelchair, she entered the tunnel loop last month for the first time in five years. Uncharacteristically, she was speechless. In the central connection of the entire tunnel system, at 919…View Original Post

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