In the 1960s, renowned urban planner Vincent Ponte suggested alleviating downtown Dallas’ congestion by separating pedestrians from vehicles through a tunnel system. Little did he know that, 45 years later, his tunnel system would be criticized by some as a “barrier to positive street life.” Sure. The tunnels hide retail and people, and they might have contributed to downtown’s demise, but they’re also really fun to explore. The winding, long hallways that seemingly lead nowhere ignite your super-sneaky-spy side. Be careful. The open hours of the tunnels are sporadic. We’d hate for you to get trapped.
Photography by Desiree Espada
Info on downtown Dallas tunnels