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Photo: CITYDESKSTUDIO Local architects CITYDESKSTUDIO placed an interesting ad up on Craigslist yesterday: they’re selling a (used) 1978 skyway. (Wait hold up…has anyone tried to sell a bridge on Craigslist yet?). The skyway, which used to connect the JC Penny’s with the Power department stores over S. 5th street, was retired to make way for […]

Photo: CITYDESKSTUDIO

Local architects CITYDESKSTUDIO placed an interesting ad up on Craigslist yesterday: they’re selling a (used) 1978 skyway. (Wait hold up…has anyone tried to sell a bridge on Craigslist yet?). The skyway, which used to connect the JC Penny’s with the Power department stores over S. 5th street, was retired to make way for Minneapolis’ light rail project. Through the years millions of people have passed through it and the rest of our network in the sky, which covers an area of 69 city blocks. If you’re interested, check out Catherine Opie’s photographs and documentation of our relationships with these transient spaces in her Skyways & Ice Houses project from 2002. And I assume this was unrealized, but CITYDESKSTUDIO visualized one potential use for this iconic structure–which has seen such frenzied activity–as an almost rustic (rusty?) lake retreat.

  • JT says:

    That’s a new one for sure! The downside with Craigslist is that people in other cities won’t see it unless they use something like CraigZoom .

  • Michael Aaronson says:

    You take the skyway, high above the busy little one-way
    In my stupid hat and gloves, at night I lie awake
    Wonderin’ if I’ll sleep
    Wonderin’ if we’ll meet out in the street

    But you take the skyway
    It don’t move at all like a subway
    It’s got bums when it’s cold like any other place
    It’s warm up inside
    Sittin’ down and waitin’ for a ride
    Beneath the skyway

    Oh, then one day, I saw you walkin’ down that little one-way
    Where, the place I’d catch my ride most everyday
    There wasn’t a damn thing I could do or say
    Up in the skyway

    Skyway
    Skyway (sky away)

    -“Skyway” (lyrics by Paul Westerberg) from The Replacements’ album “Pleased to Meet Me” (1987).

  • Julie Caniglia says:

    I wrote about these architects and their skyway a couple of years ago, after they had purchased it from the U of M – somebody needs to do something with it, it’s too cool to just sit there and rust! I think one of their ideas was to use it as an ice-skating warming hut or community center in a park somewhere – not unlike the role the Flatpak House plays now in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

    Also, I think their use of Craigslist is purely pragmatic – they can only move this massive thing so far.

  • matt olson says:

    here’s my history with that Skyway. i thought the retreat idea they proposed was probably the end for my hope of owning it but…

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