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The epidemic has long since spread to the west coast. The Seattle building I currently work in has some limited, well-defined accessible stairwells, but AFAICT the majority are one-way, emergency-only. I've worked in buildings as you describe: one-way, down-only. Sucks when you don't know this yet, think you'll take the stairs to the fourth floor only to discover that you need to climb all the way to the bottom then take an elevator up. Security? Yeah, maybe, but that's bare-minimum-to-meet-the-spec lazy security.



I can confirm that the Royal Bank building in Toronto is the same, so I wouldn't doubt that this is a malaise in much of this city's office space.




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