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I've exhausted my patience trying to find a current map of the downtown tunnel system. The most recent I can find is from 2005, where my building is not even connected. I guess I'll just walk down there and study the display.

Shouldn't this be something that should be readily available or am I just a retard? :blush:

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There's an info booth in the tunnels that has maps, near the Reliant building, next to like a smoothie place and a food court with Prince's Hamburgers, some Mexican food place, and a Chinese place. Don't know of an internet source.

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I'm currently working on a project to create a comprehensive map of the Dallas Pedestrian Network. The network in the past has been neglected and wayfinding is terrible, so I'm hoping this project will help improve connections and visibility of the system.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dfwcre8tive/designing-a-map-for-the-dallas-pedestrian-network?

Houston's system seems to have a much better wayfinding system and naming system, but are the tunnel entrances from the streets clearly marked? In the near future there will be plans to update or repurpose the system of corridors that run through downtown Dallas. Many people want to see them abandoned, but I believe the real problem is connectivity between ground level and the pedestrian network.

What are you thoughts on pedestrian networks in an urban setting?

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I'm currently working on a project to create a comprehensive map of the Dallas Pedestrian Network. The network in the past has been neglected and wayfinding is terrible, so I'm hoping this project will help improve connections and visibility of the system.

http://www.kickstart...strian-network?

Houston's system seems to have a much better wayfinding system and naming system, but are the tunnel entrances from the streets clearly marked? In the near future there will be plans to update or repurpose the system of corridors that run through downtown Dallas. Many people want to see them abandoned, but I believe the real problem is connectivity between ground level and the pedestrian network.

What are you thoughts on pedestrian networks in an urban setting?

In cities with extreme seasons either direction, I think they are fantastic. Being able to stay inside and grab a bite to eat in Houston in July is great, and doing the same in Calgary in January is pretty cool. Theirs is above ground, but it's the same thing. Many buildings are connected at the 2nd or 3rd floor by pedestrian walkways, there are places to eat in many buildings at that level as well.

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I like the tunnels, but I'd rather have a network of skywalks instead. So there can be room for subway tunnels underneath. Not like that's actually going to happen, but oh well.

That's okay, the subways are limiting during flooding time. With the pedestrian walkways, you have more a technical course for white water rafting with those sharp corners.

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That's okay, the subways are limiting during flooding time. With the pedestrian walkways, you have more a technical course for white water rafting with those sharp corners.

Not sure what you are trying to imply with this post, but how many times have the tunnels actually flooded?

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Didn't want to start a new topic, but I'm looking for a map of the tunnels (with the actual tenants, not just where they are), but what bothers me is I've swear I've seen an interactive one or something online fairly recently!

Anyone know what I'm talking about?

EDIT: It wasn't this one, but it does work.

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To my memory, only once during allison. But their is more of a fun factor should flooding should occur.

Not to be a negative nancy, but if they're flooded, chances are they'll be flooded to the brim, and it would only be navigable via scuba equipment.

in which case, you'd probably need to be PADI certified for cave diving, which require first an open water and advanced open water before you can become qualified for cave diving.

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My memory is from going on trips to the tunnels back in the 80s with my mom around Christmas to watch the First Interstate Bank do their Christmas singing thing, or to visit one of my dad's college friends that owned a jewelry store down there in the 80s. I seem to recall that they had big doors between different sections.

They were probably fire doors, to seal the areas off, and not storm doors though.

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There's also a lot of duplication in the tunnels (2 Otto's BBQ, 2 Subways, 3 Alonti's, 3-4 Seattle's Best, 2 Salata's, 2 Jason's Deli, 2 Droubi Bros, etc). Even street level lunch places are duplicated in location like Zero's Sandwich shops and Pappas BBQ, although you will find better lunch places in general on the street level (something about rats in the tunnel eateries).

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I don't want to see where the tunnels go...that's common. It just doesn't show what's IN the tunnels.

Any area in particular, or are you just looking for everything?

I think Alonti probably has the record, they seem to be in or under every other building. Murphy's deli is close behind.

There are more independent jewlery/watch repair places than I thought would be economically sustainable. Eye doctors, dentists, convenience stores fill out the spaces not occupied by quick lunch places.

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My wife and a friend are going to the observation deck at the chase tower today. First time - really excited. Also, my wife has always wanted to go to the tunnels am I haven't been since I was a kid.

Are any tunnel areas better than others?

Also, are there any other observation decks in The area or cool lobby's we soul be allowed to go into? Thanks!

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My wife and a friend are going to the observation deck at the chase tower today. First time - really excited. Also, my wife has always wanted to go to the tunnels am I haven't been since I was a kid.

Are any tunnel areas better than others?

Also, are there any other observation decks in The area or cool lobby's we soul be allowed to go into? Thanks!

 

Go to the wells fargo tower skylobby, you can get a good view of the east by south-east. ;)

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My wife and a friend are going to the observation deck at the chase tower today. First time - really excited. Also, my wife has always wanted to go to the tunnels am I haven't been since I was a kid.

Are any tunnel areas better than others?

Also, are there any other observation decks in The area or cool lobby's we soul be allowed to go into? Thanks!

 

There's also a pretty cool observation floor in Heritage Plaza. 

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My wife and a friend are going to the observation deck at the chase tower today. First time - really excited. Also, my wife has always wanted to go to the tunnels am I haven't been since I was a kid.

Are any tunnel areas better than others?

Also, are there any other observation decks in The area or cool lobby's we soul be allowed to go into? Thanks!

 

Chase and Wells Fargo face roughly opposite directions, so you can see pretty much everything from those two. The only other high public floor I know of is the Bank of America building, which looks down Allen Parkway.

 

Wells Fargo's is called a "Sky Lobby." There are two Sky Lobbies at different levels, and yes they are open to public. Can ride up from the tunnel level, actually.

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Does it have public access? I just called them and they said they don't have an "observation deck"

 

They not observation decks in the formal sense.  They are sky lobbies where the elevators meet to get access to the uppermost floors.  You'd likely get the same answer from all three of these buildings (Chase Tower, Wells Fargo Plaza and Heritage Plaza)

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My wife and a friend are going to the observation deck at the chase tower today. First time - really excited. Also, my wife has always wanted to go to the tunnels am I haven't been since I was a kid.

Are any tunnel areas better than others?

Also, are there any other observation decks in The area or cool lobby's we soul be allowed to go into? Thanks!

 

Just so you know, we are expecting some pictures from you on this trip.

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