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Minneapolis Skyway System, Minneapolis
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The Minneapolis Skyway System is an interlinked collection of enclosed pedestrian footbridges that connects 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. 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 underground city of Houston, Texas, the systems of Canadian cold-weather cities Toronto and Montreal. and the City of Calgary's 11-mile Plus 15 (+15) Skyway system.The skyway connects 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 and Target Field. 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 which 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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  • It's a blessing for minneapolis dwellers to have the only and the largest subway system joining almost the whole downtown and extending till heneppin library. you wont realize the worth of this system...  more »
  • The downtown is connected by these bridges for pedestrians. All buildings are intertwined. In addition to offering protection against the climate, it is an original way to explore the different parts of the city.
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  • The skyway was a big surprise but greatly appreciated in cold wind and snow. The skyway was a nice way to avoid the outside weather. A directory or maps at intersections would be helpful for visitors.