Is it Time to Remove Those Pesky Skyways?

[…] Downtown 2025 Plan taking on the “Skyway Paradox,” I was persuaded to bring it up again. So here goes: Isn’t it about time to start removing our skyways? A few years ago, Jen Gehl, a notable and well-respected Danish urbanist, was in town for an Urban Land Institute presentation. He noted downtown Minneapolis was […]

Podcast #100 – Skyways and Streetlife with Eric Dayton

[…] course, son of Minnesota governor Marc Dayton. We sat down a few months ago at his North Loop offices to talk about his thoughts on downtown Minneapolis skyways, how Minnesota should think differently about its climate, and how downtown Minneapolis should re-think its approach to retail and street life. We had a great chat […]

Skyway Connections on Nicollet Mall

[…] into the system. It was pretty cool. Obviously, someone would need to pay for these signs. I suspect that the Des Moines skywalks are city-owned, like the skyways in St. Paul, so the city most likely pays for them. Since the skyways in Minneapolis are privately owned, it would maybe make more sense for […]

A Winter Stroll Downtown

Those Skyways Won’t Go Down Without a Fight

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 […]

On Skyways And Busways

[…] on far too long. Regarding both issues, Dayton worries about the effect they could have on the future of the downtown “business community” in Minneapolis. For Dayton, the skyways are bad for public safety and for business because they siphon off the human vitality from our streets. I am mostly of the same mind regarding […]

Skyways: What Lies Beneath

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 […]

St. Paul’s Skyway Pigeon Rookery

Each year my wife and I attend the American Craft Council show at St. Paul RiverCentre, this year on April 8. The level of artistry and skill is breathtaking. I highly recommend it, but that’s not the reason for this post. Each year we park in the Kellogg Blvd. ramp and walk across the skyway, […]

Streets_empty skyway

A skyway sits empty in downtown Minneapolis last March. Photo courtesy of Chris Juhn for MPR News