Downtown Baltimore skywalk over Pratt Street to come down

Goal is to increase pedestrian traffic

September 10, 2013|By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun

The city plans to remove a skywalk between the Baltimore Convention Center and Bank of America at 100 S. Charles St. in the next few weeks, according to the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, a nonprofit.

The goal is to increase pedestrian traffic for retail establishments, said Kirby Fowler, president of the nonprofit. Another skywalk was recently removed at Gay and Pratt streets to boost foot traffic, he said.

City planners believe putting foot traffic at ground level is an unnecessary barrier to retail stores.

Last year, the city announced it would start on a $2 million demolition of the skywalk over Baltimore Street at Hopkins Plaza, which was connected to two hotels. That project, which was partly funded by the Baltimore Development Corp. and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, also included new landscaping.

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