Experiencing Centers 1 – Inviting Places

Sky bridges in Atlanta make walking on streets uninviting.

Sky bridges illustrate an auto-centric revitalization strategy that results in alienating streets and a downtown with single-use silos.

Sky bridges in Atlanta make walking on streets uninviting.

Developers use sky bridges to compete with suburban office parks to offer a secure and sanitized experience. Removing pedestrians from the street deprive a downtowns of a principal locational advantage. A downtown competes best, however, when street activity thrives, and a downtown’s concentration of destinations, housing, and jobs become more accessible on foot. Photo credit: Matt Taecker.

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