Instead of dissing Minneapolis skyways, look to Venice

  • Article by: ROBERT D. SYKES
  • Updated: January 24, 2012 - 8:31 PM
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blnarlochJan. 24, 12 8:51 PM

Maybe Venice should copy us. The city is sinking so maybe they could do with a few skyways. From what I've read lately the argument against skyways is that they prevent window shopping. But aren't the skyways all lined with shops at the moment? I don't understand what's wrong with them.

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thehoffersJan. 24, 12 9:43 PM

What a solution, looking for a problem. Are these writers too limited to find real work?

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jsens3Jan. 24, 1210:28 PM

I think the professor has overlooked that access to the skyway bridges obtained through eminent domain would not give the city authority to compel building owners to permit or deny access to their properties anymore than the city can compel street level doors to be open or closed. The skyways themselves are the small element of the skyway system. The routes through the buildings in the system are essential to system. Aside from the cost of taking the bridges by eminent domain, there would be the problem of policing the system. Would there by cops on the street and in the skyway system? What a nightmare. The system is well-run now, all things considered, and the last thing the city needs is to try to take it over.

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DufferHJan. 24, 1210:36 PM

Does the professor wish to bring the total ambiance of Venice to the downtown -- running open sewers disguised as canals? This prof needs to be assigned another class to keep him busy.

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mdgoldnerJan. 25, 12 6:50 AM

Well, almost. Our skyways are more like the small, rickety elevated boards the venetians put down for walking, when the streets are flooded. Useful, but not much fun.

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wileyrulesJan. 25, 12 7:14 AM

Excellent article, Professor. Maybe some of the previous posters should have actually read it.

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pressedratJan. 25, 12 7:34 AM

Not so fast there, pilgrim. That photo-shopped image isn’t far from the truth. We are going to need those skyways when Global Warming melts the ice caps.

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northhillJan. 25, 12 8:02 AM

Do we really have to go back and remember Minneapolis before the skyways.Want to go back to wearing winter coats every time you need to go to another building,go to lunch,or shop.Remember freezing, waiting for the light to change.Remember getting showered with slush.That is Minneapolis in the early 1960's.Minneapolis,while you plan for the future,remember the past!

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songczarJan. 25, 12 8:33 AM

Best I can tell opponents primary arguements against the skyway are people should walk on the street enduring traffic and weather for the sake of a few businesses. As others have stated, this ignores the businesses that have cropped up in the skyway and it also ignores how awesome skyways are in extreme hot and cold; which often defines Mn. I'm getting a little weary of urban planners that lack any pragmatism.

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hansfoonJan. 25, 12 8:46 AM

The Professor is right. We should improve our skyway system, not write it off as a dead end. We can brag about our seasonal city - The Winter Skyway City and the Summer Street Scene City.

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