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The transit hub that never was

It's basically empty all the time. - Bobby Tanzilo, Managing Editor

The Downtown Transit Center is a huge building at the intersection of East Michigan Avenue and Lincoln Memorial Parkway, but has been underused since its opening in 1992.

Originally intended to be a changeover station for buses, along with a passenger station, the chairs are empty, the escalators are switched off and the schedule monitors remain black.

But that will all change in a few months when construction begins on the Couture Center, which will be home to apartments, a hotel and several retail locations.

An Urban Spelunking first,'s Bobby Tanzilo joins Nate Imig on-location in this episode.

Click the player above to hear our conversation, and check out Tanzilo's complete article at

Production support by: Tyler Nelson.

Intro music by: Old Earth

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