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Duluth prepares to expand skywalk

A key new link now under consideration could unify and expand Duluth’s skywalk system.


Photo via Duluth News Tribune (duluthnewstribune.com)

A resolution headed to the Duluth Economic Development Authority Wednesday would authorize the conceptual design of a new segment of skywalk stretching eastward from the Technology Village building, through the 100 block of East Superior Street — including Fond Du-Luth Casino — and then across Second Avenue East to the Temple Opera building and the adjoining NorShor Theatre.

Heather Rand, DEDA’s executive director, said Mayor Emily Larson’s administration and the authority both view the proposed new section of skywalk as a high-priority connection that could link the city’s medical district to the rest of the downtown skywalk network

Kristi Stokes, president of Duluth’s Greater Downtown Council, shared in Rand’s anticipation, saying: “I think this would be very significant for our downtown. It really would bring in that final connection.”

Stokes said Duluth already has seen increased investment in its Historic Arts and Theater District, and predicted improved skywalk access along with the February opening of the newly restored NorShor Theatre will only lead to more.


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