When are the skyways open? Where can I enter and exit the skyway system? Are the skyways becoming less safe? What is that smell? Questions about the current state of the Saint Paul skyway system increase as residential and business populations grow and evolve. Business leaders are working to develop recommendations for changes to skyway […]
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Whether the Minneapolis skyway system contributes good things to the livability of downtown has been well discussed for a while on this site, but the conversation has been brought to a wider audience recently with local businessman Eric Dayton coming out aggressively against them. Dayton has also become a vocal critic of the state of […]
The podcast this week is a conversation with Eric Dayton, the founder and chief booster of the Minneapolis Skyway Avoidance Society. Eric Dayton is the owner of two downtown Minneapolis businesses – the Bachelor Farmer restaurant and Askov-Finlayson, a clothing retailer – and, of course, son of Minnesota governor Marc Dayton. We sat down a […]
Hosted by Preservation Alliance of Minnesota $25. Buy tickets. From their Facebook event: Join us for the ultimate weatherproof tour! Explore St. Paul’s Skyway system, learn how to take stunning photos with your phone, and celebrate the grand opening of Lowertown’s latest reuse project, 333 on the Park. PLUS select photos taken during the tour […]
“Since the first skyway opened in 1962,” Kim Ode writes in her piece on the expansion of the Minneapolis Skyway System, “the elevated passages have signified escape, whether from traffic noise, stoplights or the weather.” Yet there is another kind of escapism at play here: an escape from the demands of empathy, social responsibility, and […]
As it says (down there) in my bio, I’m a pretty regular user of Minneapolis skyways, especially in any form of inclement weather. Nonetheless, some days, especially this time of year, are not quite cold or inclement enough to make me want to retreat entirely indoors, but still chilly enough to make an entirely outdoor walking […]
I think this Skyway Bike Race is from Red Bull Ride the Sky 2007. (via Mulad ) Another perspective here:
Tear down the skyways? That’s exactly the opposite of what Minneapolis ought to do.
I love the debate over skyways because it points to one of the most entrenched and subtle urban issues: what exactly people mean when they say “public space.” In particular, the skyways focus attention on the relationship between architecture and public space, how design works to both include and exclude certain kinds of people, to […]
While my post on this website suggesting that we gradually remove the skyways from downtown Minneapolis over a 50-year timeline got a couple compliments and a rebuke by our own David Levinson, it was also picked up by the Star Tribune. In that piece, Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak was quoted as saying “I don’t think […]