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Busy Corner May Get Arty Elevated Walkway


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By ELLEN GEDALIUS [email protected]

TAMPA - An elevated walkway linking the Tampa Convention Center to the new Embassy Suites hotel promises to bring a piece of public art to the city.

It promises to ease pedestrian traffic congestion on Channelside Drive and Franklin Street, much to the delight of Harbour Island motorists who find themselves dodging pedestrians.

It also promises to help the Tampa Convention Center land big events, offering a quick jaunt from point A to point B.

In some ways, though, the open-air walkway, which will be the first of its kind downtown, does not mesh with the city's goal of bringing people to the streets of downtown Tampa. From a skywalk, people won't be lured into shops and cafes.

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