Climate as Proxy for Capital Within the Minneapolis Skyway System
I spent the better part of the last decade working in downtown Minneapolis, and as such became intimately familiar with its convenience, its obscure corners, and, as this scholarly longread explores, its complex challenges in managing expectations between public and private spaces, and the class- and race-based divisions it engendered.
When walking through the skyway system, it is very difficult not to keep moving. The difficulty of strolling, sitting, standing, or stopping inherently excludes certain groups, particularly the poor and the elderly. Similarly, the ease of skyway access to certain populations (e.g. suburban commuters, office workers) lies in stark contrast to the hidden access points to the street.