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Old 04-12-2013, 08:39 PM
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Des Moines, Iowa has got a pretty good one and is always adding to it. The city has an unusually high degree of metro jobs located in the downtown area.

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Old 04-24-2013, 07:44 PM
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:36 AM
Location: Fishers, IN
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Indianapolis has a decent skywalk system, though it does include the Circle Centre mall. It's also mostly for out-of-town visitors as most office buildings aren't connected to it. It essentially connects the mall, convention center, and Lucas Oil Stadium to several hotels downtown and a handful of parking garages. There's also an underground tunnel that connects to the state capitol building and government center. I don't feel it takes away from street life because and shops or restaurants that are not inside the Circle Centre mall, you have to go outside to the street level to get to. And as I said, very few office buildings are connected to the skywalk so most office workers still have to go outside to get to their office. This map is kind of old as the ones that say Future are actually finished now.

The coolest feature of the Indy skywalk system is the Artsgarden, a big glass dome that hangs over the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets and connects the mall with the 3 hotels on the other 3 corners.

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Old 04-25-2013, 03:44 PM
Location: The Port City is rising.
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I think baltimore is much more typical in NYC. Even in NYC, the High Line isnt really about avoiding crowds, its more of a park/artistic attraction on its own. But in NYC such alt passages as there are do not detract from the critical mass on the street.

In many other areas it does. The OP mentions Rosslyn VA. While Arlington County is not, AFAIK tearing down the skywalk there, they are not extending it, and when it conflicts with some new development, I beleive a few parts have come down. It does not add to the vibrancy of Rosslyn. In Crystal City which has an underground system, effort has been given to shift more activity to street level. CC is in fact a perfect example of the drive in, walk around underground, ideal for surbuban commuters, and how it has deadened an area (to the point the suburban commuters mostly dont like it either).

Areas with particularly bad climates may well be different.

oh the other problem in baltimore, was crime. When I lived there, in the 1980s, while downtown wasnt exactly a nogo zone, outside of the busier hours crime was a matter of concern. With more people on the sidewalks, PLUS the eyes of the drivers, busstops, etc, and only a few peds on the skywalks, one could feel quite exposed crimewise up there.

And for that, the sidewalk areas below them lost sunlight, and there was additional maintenance.

I mean a lot of folks here can understand that adding height to buildings is a tradeoff - but that at least creates more housing, office space, and activity generally. But to lose sunlight to duplicate an existing, perfectly good sidewalk?
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:20 PM
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Skyways are a huge deal in Minnesota, because they are completely necessary. Minneapolis has the largest continuous system in the world, St. Paul has one of the largest in the world, Duluth has a large skyway system, and so does Rochester. You can even find skyways connecting important buildings and office buildings in St. Cloud, Bloomington, Mankato, St. Louis Park, Moorhead, and Golden Valley. That's 10 cities with skyways. Also as far as the border cities go, Fargo, ND has a few, Sioux Falls, SD has a small system, and so does La Crosse, WI. That's 13 cities in and next to Minnesota with small, large to massive skyway systems. And although they decrease street life during the winter, I think they are completely necessary.
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:01 PM
Location: Limbo
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Yeah, I believe Minnesota, and especially Minneapolis, has the skyway thing locked down. They are sort of a necessary evil in those parts.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:40 PM
Location: Minneapolis
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I don't even think they're that evil. The skyways in Minneapolis at least have a life and vibrancy of their own.
(Not like Des Moines. I love many things about Des Moines, but the current state of its skywalk system is pretty bleak and bland.)
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