Minneapolis Skyway System
The Minneapolis Skyway System is an interlinked collection of enclosed pedestrian footbridges that connects various buildings in Downtown Minneapolis enabling people to walk in a climate-controlled environment. The extensive system is renowned as the largest continuous system in the world, and is compared to the underground cities of Houston, Texas, and the systems of Canadian cold-weather cities Toronto and Montreal.
The system forms a network of climate-controlled, pedestrian walkways that link sixty-nine full city blocks over eleven miles (18 km). The skyways are owned by individual buildings in Minneapolis, and as such they do not have uniform opening and closing times. This is similar to the City of Calgary's Plus 15 (+15) Skyway system as well, which runs for 9.9 miles.
The skyway is a series of passageways which connect the second and third floors of various office towers to hotels, banks, corporate and government offices, restaurants, and retail stores in addition to the Nicollet Mall shopping district, the Block E Entertainment District, the IDS Center and Foshay Tower, Target Center, Minneapolis Convention Center, and several buildings in the University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas and Capella University.
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