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Five Cities With Waterproof Walkways

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Picture this. It is 40 degrees below zero in Montreal, Canada and you need to purchase some socks. How do you get to a store without risking frostbite? Travel to the local “underground city.”

These underground cities are usually built to keep people comfortable despite the outside temperatures. The most expansive climate-controlled climate-controlled pedestrian networks are in places with cold winters, like Calgary, or hot summers, like Houston, explained mnn.com.


Montreal Underground City

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Montreal’s Underground City, also known as RESO, includes retail space and tunnels that connect to the city’s Metro system. Despite its name, many access points and some sections are actually located at ground level. Regardless of whether this is an “underground city” or just an “interior city,” the ability to walk through downtown and to public transit without stepping outside is appealing in a place where snow cover usually lasts from early December through March, explained mnn.com.

Edmonton Pedway

 

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Like Calgary, Edmonton is a Canadian plains city that’s frequently hit with arctic-like conditions. It has climate-controlled walkways in its downtown core. Edmonton’s skywalks consist of a network of tunnels as well. When both these types of passageways are together known as the Edmonton Pedway, are connected, they stretch over eight miles, explained mnn.com.

PATH Toronto

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PATH Toronto is a network of underground pedestrian tunnels, elevated walkways, and at-grade walkways connecting the office towers of Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is more than 30 kilometers, or 19 miles, long. In the book of Guinness World Records, PATH Is the largest underground shopping complex in the world 371,600 metres of retail space.

Chicago Pedway

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Chicago’s downtown pedestriation  way system, the Pedway, is located in the center of the city. This system of underground tunnels and overhead bridges links more than 40 blocks in the Central Business District, which covers roughly five miles.

 

The pedway is always in use by tens of thousands pedestrians each day and contains a connection from public to private buildings and CTA stations and commuter rail facilities, according to cityofchicago.org.

 

Minneapolis-Saint Paul Skyways

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Both of the downtown districts of these duo cities have skyway systems. They consist of a network of enclosed pedestrian bridges that connect buildings, which are always open to the public on the “skyway level.” The Minneapolis Skyway stretches for more than nine miles, but it is mainly used for people working downtown. This skyway is open on the weekend for convention-goers, sports fans, and diners. The Skyway is open from 6:00 AM to midnight everyday of the week, according to minneapolis.org.

 

With these skyways/underground cities, people can roam around shopping or working without having to worry about the possibility of abrupt rain or unexpected heat. No need to worry about getting frostbite now.

 

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2 Responses to “Five Cities With Waterproof Walkways”

  1. Lisa Winchell on March 22nd, 2018 5:52 pm

    After reading your article I learned about some underground cities.

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  2. Jenna Brawer on March 27th, 2018 12:03 pm

    I wish that we had those underground tunnels.

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