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April 8, 2011 / Omar J. Peters

The Downside of Minneapolis’ Skyways

Buildings in Minneapolis’ downtown are connected by a series of skyways that allow pedestrians to get from one building to the next without ever stepping outside. It connects 69 blocks and 8 miles long – apparently the largest skyway network in the world. The MinnPost describes the conundrum of the skyways, Minneapolitans can’t seem to live without the skywalks especially during the City’s harsh winters, but the skyways pull energy from the ground below leaving devoid of people and vibrancy. The Architecture Minnesota Magazine recently held a video competition asking filmmakers to capture the essence of the skyways.

This one, pro-skyways, gives a good description of the benefits of the skyways:

This one shows zombie-like characters filling up a dead-end in the skyway:

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