The Drawback of Skywalks

They seemed like a good idea at the time, but planners now find skywalks drain life from the streetscape below.
January 16, 2006, 12pm PST | David Gest
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Elevated walkways, not unlike elevated highways, can have unintended negative consequences on a neighborhood. "Instead of drawing additional people and retail to a second level, skywalks have left streets lifeless, presenting a cold and alienating environment," Fred Kent, president of Project for Public Spaces, tells Associated Press.

And in fact, "an increasing number of cities have started tearing down some of their walkways or would like to remove them. Planners and others in cities such as Cincinnati, Baltimore, Charlotte, N.C., Hartford, Conn., and Kansas City, Mo., now believe increasing street-level pedestrian traffic will lead to more downtown homes, shops and entertainment."

Thanks to Sharon Machlis Gartenberg

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Published on Saturday, January 14, 2006 in Associated Press
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