Critique

The StarTribune headline “St. Paul denies landlord’s request to lock skyway doors early” is not the catchiest title but still caught my attention. This article draws attention to concerns over Saint Paul’s skyway rules. Specifically regarding a City Council hearing involving building owner Jaune Brooks’ defiance of these rules.

The debate over Brooks’ building is a microcosm of the larger conversation going on in St. Paul. City officials, residents and building owners are trying to figure out how to improve safety in the skyway system without limiting public access.

Unlike Minneapolis, St. Paul’s approximately 5-mile network of enclosed walkways is public. The city paid for most of the skyways and, in exchange, requires private property owners to allow people to connect to them between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m.

The City Council members voted not to grant Jaunea Brooks forgiveness for violating Section 140 of the Skyway Ordinance. Brooks claims the fines she will be assigned will be less than the cost of cleaning and repairing after hours damage to her building.

I am sure which side I agree with on this subject but now I feel that I have a more whole picture of the issue. If only we could look into all news articles and world issues this easily…

Jaunae Brooks, a Lowertown building owner, stood in the skyway that she believes should be able to lock to prevent people from coming through her building and creating problems at night, Wednesday, June 7, 2017 in St. Paul, MN. The city will consider Brooks' request to close her skyway earlier at Wednesday's council meeting. ] ELIZABETH FLORES ï liz.flores@startribune.com
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