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Minneapolis skyways -- burden or blessing?

Prominent downtown business leaders say the eight miles of elevated walkways in the downtown area are "leaving sidewalks barren and storefronts empty." Mayor R.T. Rybak told the Star Tribune that he "would not support the development of any new skyways in the city." Many acknowledge the maze of walkways helped save Minneapolis once threatened by suburban offices and malls. But improving the skyways for the downtown's future is proving to be a complicated task.
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Prominent downtown business leaders say the eight miles of elevated walkways in the downtown area are "leaving sidewalks barren and storefronts empty." Mayor R.T. Rybak told the Star Tribune that he "would not support the development of any new skyways in the city." Many acknowledge the maze of walkways helped save Minneapolis once threatened by suburban offices and malls. But improving the skyways for the downtown's future is proving to be a complicated task.

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