PEDESTRIAN SKYWALK SYSTEMS: DOWNTOWN'S GREAT HOPE OR PATHWAYS TO RUIN?

This article attempts to meet the need for comprehensive skywalk research by examining skywalk systems in 5 midwestern cities. It describes and evaluates skywalks on the basis of usage, access and orientation, safety, economic activities, design and aesthetics, and use as a downtown redevelopment tool. A comparative case study is reported that encompassed 5 midwestern U.S. cities: Cincinnati, Des Moines, Duluth, Minneapolis, and St Paul. Skywalk usage issues are discussed. The relationship between percieved security and the homogeneous profile of the typical skywalk user is discussed. The variety and availability of retail goods and services on skywalks is noted. Comments are made on the impact of these skywalks on the downtown streetscape and environment.

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    Eno Transportation Foundation

    P.O. Box 2055, Saugatuck Station
    Westport, CT  United States  06880-0055
  • Authors:
    • ROBERTSON, K A
  • Publication Date: 1988-7

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 457-484
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00469569
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1988 12:00AM