"Urban designers critique Minneapolis and offer this idea: Tear down all those horrible skyways"
By Steve Berg, MinnPost.com, November 15, 2007
Minneapolis has eight miles of skyway, and chances are slim that any of it will be removed, even though two of the world's top urban designers -- Jan Gehl and Gil Penalosa -- offer just that advice.
Dean Tom Fisher was asked for his reaction. He told Berg that "skyways pose an 'extreme challenge' for Minneapolis, but one that should be turned into an opportunity." Fisher also noted his involvement with the Walking Minneapolis initiative, seeking to revive street-level activity. "One suggestion is to spread the city's best asset -- parks -- onto some downtown sidewalks in order to connect condos to jobs and shopping, and to create a pleasant, more walkable atmosphere at street level," Fisher told Berg.