The Cochrane Sitting-out Area, surrounded by the mixed-use high rise building and a construction site, is located at the steep Cochrane Street under the Central-Mid-Levels escalator. The Street and the escalator is the primary connection between the Mid-Levels residential area and the Central commercial area. Thousands of residents, office workers and visitors of historical buildings like the Tai Kwun Museum pass by the Street and the escalator. The Street was initially a Cantonese residential area in the 19th century and slowly developed into a mixed-use district with high rise buildings. The sitting-out area was replaced by the original food and grocery stalls to provide more leisure spaces and space for the pedestrian road. The Central-Mid-Levels escalator has operated since 1993 to improve the traffic and became a tourist attraction with restaurants and bars on the Cochrane under it.