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     March 29, 2016      #34-88 a2z

Skyways: bridge to downtown vitality

Andrew Setterholm

A Rochester visitor walking the city's downtown on an evening or weekend in the mid 1980s was as likely to have the solitary company of their own shadow as they were to encounter another person — or so it seemed to the city's businessmen and aldermen.

In 1988, after more than a decade of discussions and planning, construction began on a solution to the dullness of Rochester's downtown: skyway bridges.

Five connections jumpstarted Rochester's skyway system. They connected two hotels to the city's newest shopping center, the Galleria Plaza, located boldly in the core of downtown amid a trend of retailers ...

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