[See also Minneapolis Skyway Tour #1 and Minneapolis Skyway Tour #2.]
|[2012 Minneapolis Skyway tour getting kicked out of the Crystal Court.]|
Feel free to read up on skyways, as I've written a ton on this topic. Here are some highlights:
The Case Against Skyways in 10 Easy Steps
Happy 50th Birthday to the Minneapolis Skyway System
Four Suggested Skyway Improvements
Stuck With Skyways
Climate as Proxy for Capital in the Minneapolis Skyway System
We'll be starting in the IDS Center, right in the middle of the Crystal Court, which is not where the skyways began, but rather where they "peaked" as public space. Everything else is downhill.
What: A guided tour of the downtown Minneapolis skyway system
When: Saturday afternoon, the 20th of February
Where: Meet at the IDS Center Crystal Court, and walk around from there
Why: Because the skyways are still there
Who: You can come! Feel free to buy your tour guide a drink afterward.
Here's some food for thought:
The Unwritten Rules of Skyway Etiquette, by Mark McGinty
1) Stay to the right.
2) Move quickly towards your destination in an orderly manner.
3) No zig-zagging.
4) No stopping to gawk at merchandise.
5) No stopping at all.
6) No looking at merchandise.
7) When traveling in groups, stay close together in tight little packs - do not walk side-by-side-by-side-by-side.
8) Keep the luggage to a minimum.
9) No phone calls unless you're using an earpiece or headset in which case you kind of look like a D-Bag.
10) By all means if you need to turn around, exit and enter somewhere else - do not just stop, turn around and start walking directly into the coming masses, people!
Follow these rules and you will live longer!!!
|[A William H. Whyte quote on the side of the IDS this winter.]|
Did skyways "save downtown", as some people claim? Do skyways "ruin the city"? Should we tear them down or keep building more?
I look forward to seeing you.
I'm guessing the tour might be 90 minutes or so, though you're welcome to leave whenever you like. We'll be ending at one of the few skyway-connected downtown bars for after-walk mingling.
Some illustrative highlights follow:
|[First renderings of the downtown Minneapolis skyway system, when they were open-air.]|
|[The Tri-Tech Office Building skyway under construction, and 32 years later.]|
|[R.T. Rybak reporting on skyway shade c. 1985.]|
|[Some friends and I picnicing in the Minneapolis skyway in 2015, which is something only white people can do.]|
|[Minneapolis bike cop taking his bike up a skyway escalator for some reason.]|
|[The newest skyways, going the new football stadium, under construction last fall.]|