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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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  • This is Great way to see the downtown minneapolis. I use this route during the cold winters to park my vehicle! 
  • There are miles of skyways throughout Minneapolis from the downtown shopping area, Target Center, Target Field, Convention Center & all the way to the new Vikings stadium. Makes for a very comfortable...  more »
  • It is a system of aerial pedestrian tunnels that connects virtually all of the city. We only toured some of them. We were in autumn where temperatures are still bearable, but in winter by very low temperatures I heard making is undoubtedly a good system to be able to walk with protection movilizaqrse.
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