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Old 01-22-2012, 01:11 AM
 
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How extensive is your cities skyway system? How busy are they? What are the future plans for your cities skyway system? Do they improve your cities downtown? Do they effect your cities street foot traffic in a positive way? Also post pictures, Maps, Etc.... Good and bad of Minneapolis skyways | StarTribune.com
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:49 AM
 
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Basically non existent; there are a few sky bridges but they connect two buildings.

There are some tunnels but mostly used for PT subway and regional access.

Virtually no impact at all
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:57 PM
 
Location: MN
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How extensive is your cities skyway system? How busy are they? What are the future plans for your cities skyway system? Do they improve your cities downtown? Do they effect your cities street foot traffic in a positive way? Also post pictures, Maps, Etc.... Good and bad of Minneapolis skyways | StarTribune.com
Im glad you posted this. I was going to make a thread about this in the MPLS forum. I love the skyline system. It works wonderfully. On days when it's brually hot or cold. Sometimes it can be quicker to get places by just using the skyway. Like Garage C and then taking the skyway to the entrance to Target Field. Perfect.

I think for those of you who haven't experienced the skyways, check it out if you ever can. Until I worked Downtown Minneapolis I never realized how extensive they are. They have shops, restaurants, etc... Pretty much anything you would need.
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:02 PM
 
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St. Paul has an extensive skyway system too. Some people wonder how we function in the middle of winter when the highs are 0 for the day. Well. You could litterally take Commuter Rail from 40 miles out, to downtown, and eventually to DT St. Paul or MOA without ever having to be outside for more than a minute

http://www.minneapolis.org/sites/def...kyways2010.pdf

Minneapolis Skyway System - Using Minneapolis Skyways

St. Paul Skyway Map


Minneapolis
http://www.vita.mn/images/tab/skywaymap.jpg (broken link)
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:39 PM
 
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Boston has some in the Prudental Center, you can literally live in the Prudental center and never go outside in your life. There are Office and residental towers and a retail/resturant mall.
But other than that most of the city was too old and there was no planning.
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:58 PM
 
Location: KC Area
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In that video... wow! Look how busy they are! Minneapolis would have as much street life as Seattle or even Boston if it wasn't for the skyways! Granted, they are completely necessary. But Minneapolis would have tons of pedestrians, on street level, if there were no skyways.
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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We really don't have any. But neither do we have completely enclosed bus stops or ATM's inside enclosures just for the ATM (as opposed to a bank foyer).
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:53 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Calgary, Alberta in Canada has a whole bunch of them.


Calgary Skyway (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cuba_photos/752488095/ - broken link) by tommyimages_com (http://www.flickr.com/people/cuba_photos/ - broken link), on Flickr


plus15 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tourismcalgary/3551029755/ - broken link) by Tourism Calgary (http://www.flickr.com/people/tourismcalgary/ - broken link), on Flickr
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:25 PM
 
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Seattle doesn't allow them only in special circumstances theres two sky bridges in the city of Seattle. People walk on the streets or sidwalks in Seattle. I think thats better for street vendors and more people spend time in plazas and parks .
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:58 AM
 
Location: KC Area
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Seattle doesn't allow them only in special circumstances theres two sky bridges in the city of Seattle. People walk on the streets or sidwalks in Seattle. I think thats better for street vendors and more people spend time in plazas and parks .
That contributes to Seattle's high pedestrian activity. Minneapolis's residents and workers rely too much on the skyways, which in return looks like minimal street activity. Minneapolis already has more pedestrians than an average downtown, but without the skyways, it would be quite amazing.
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