Minneapolis Skyway System, Minneapolis

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The Minneapolis Skyway System is an interlinked collection of enclosed pedestrian footbridges that connect various buildings in 69 full city blocks over 11 miles (18 km) of Downtown Minneapolis, enabling people to walk in climate-controlled comfort year-round. It is the longest continuous system in the world. The skyways are owned by individual buildings in Minneapolis, and as such they do not have uniform opening and closing times. The eight miles of skyway are comparable to the Houston tunnel system, the systems of Canadian cold-weather cities Toronto and Montreal, and Calgary's 11-mile Plus 15 (+15) Skyway system.The Minneapolis skyways connect the second and third floors of various office towers, hotels, banks, corporate and government offices, restaurants, and retail stores to the Nicollet Mall shopping district, the Block E Entertainment District, and the sports facilities at Target Center, Target Field and U.S. Bank Stadium. Several condominium and apartment complexes are skyway-connected as well, allowing residents to live, work, and shop downtown without having to leave the skyway system.History and developmentThe city's first skyways were planned by real estate developer Leslie Park in the early 1960s. Sensing pressure from indoor shopping malls such as Southdale Center, Park wanted to create a similar environment in Downtown Minneapolis that would offer a climate-controlled space and a way for pedestrians to move from building to building. He built two skyways connecting the newly constructed Northstar Center building to the Northwestern Bank Building and the Roanoke Building. The skyway to the Northwestern Bank Building was built in 1962 and the skyway to the Roanoke Building followed the next year. The second skyway still remains in use today and is the system's oldest segment.
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  • This was such a great way to get around downtown during superbowl weekend. Easy to navigate, but there is a very helpful app to use specifically for navigating the Skyway system. Such a life-saver whe...  more »
  • We were in town for the recent super bowl and were very thankful for the skyway system since it was -10 below with the wind chill. Maps were very helpful but we were very glad for all the volunteers t...  more »
  • We went to Mineapolis for Super Bowl 52. It was zero degrees and snowing, way too cold for me. We stayed downtown at the Radisson Blu. I knew the stadium was enclosed and would be warm, but to my surp...  more »

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