Evolution of the Second-Story City: The Minneapolis Skyway System
AbstractThis paper describes and explains the growth of the Minneapolis Skyway network. Accessibility is used as a major factor in understanding that growth (i.e. does the network connect to the location(s) with the highest accessibility, followed by the second highest, and so on). First, employment opportunities are used as the measure of activity and are based off of the square footage of buildings and/or ITE trip generation rates. Using information about the buildings located downtown for each year since the first skyway was built, the accessibilities of each of the connected and adjacent unconnected blocks were calculated for every time period the skyway system expanded. The purpose is to determine how often the expansion connected the block with the highest accessibility. The results show that though important, accessibility was rarely maximized, except in the early stages of development. A connect-choice logit model relating the probability of joining the network (in a given year) to accessibility and network size was employed. The results show accessibility does remain an important factor in predicting which links are connected. Physical difficulties in making connections may have played a role, as well as the potential for adverse economic impacts.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group in its series Working Papers with number 200912.
Date of creation: 2007
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Publication status: Published in Environment and Planning b 36(4) 711-724.
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Network growth; Transport economics; Incremental connection; Skyways; Minneapolis;
Other versions of this item:
- Michael J Corbett & Feng Xie & David Levinson, 2009. "Evolution of the second-story city: the Minneapolis Skyway System," Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 36(4), pages 711-724, July.
- R41 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Transportation: Demand, Supply, and Congestion
- R42 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government and Private Investment Analysis; Road Maintenance; Transportation Planning
- R48 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government Pricing and Policy
- O33 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2007-03-31 (All new papers)
- NEP-DCM-2007-03-31 (Discrete Choice Models)
- NEP-GEO-2007-03-31 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-NET-2007-03-31 (Network Economics)
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- Feng Xie & David Levinson, 2010.
"How streetcars shaped suburbanization: a Granger causality analysis of land use and transit in the Twin Cities,"
Journal of Economic Geography,
Oxford University Press, vol. 10(3), pages 453-470, May.
- Feng Xie & David Levinson, 2008. "How Streetcars Shaped Suburbanization: A Granger-Casality Analysis of Land Use and Transit in The Twin Cities," Working Papers 201003, University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group.
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