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The final countdown begins for City Center walkway

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The Dispatch wrote The final countdown begins for walkway

Sunday, July 13, 2008

BY BOBBY PIERCE

S. High Street will lose what some call an eyesore when the City Center sky bridge to the Lazarus building is removed this fall. The walkway connecting the mall and former department store was in vogue in the 1980s, but city leaders and urban planners now see it as a barrier to Downtown commerce.

The sky bridge lost much of its traffic in August 2004 when the Lazarus building closed; some retailers were still using the bridge at the time of the closing, but they have left.

After the walkway is gone, other work is planned around the Lazarus building: The facade will be made over into several storefronts, and two alleys on the northwest side of the building will be repaired. The sky bridge creates a visual deterrent to retail shopping on S. High Street. The area under the bridge is dark and uninviting for shoppers, he said. But new development in the area might soon bring an influx of shoppers.

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