Weekly Snapshot: Rethinking Minnesota's Zombie Skyways

BY ANIKA JESI
April 8, 2011
A video competition sparks public debate about the future of elevated sidewaks in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
MinnPost.com photo by Steve Berg

Skyways -- enclosed, elevated sidewalks -- have protected pedestrians from the brutal weather in Minneapolis and St. Paul for decades. But these 1970s relics have also been accused of killing pedestrian activity on city streets. To start a public conversation about alternatives, Architecture Minnesota magazine held a video competition and screened the hilarious results at a lively public event. The six finalists included a rap comparing Twin Cities pedestrians to hamsters and a haunting clip of zombie pedestrians piling up in a dead-end skyway to nowhere.
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