Today, once again, I find the maintenance sign out for the escalator in the Wells Fargo building in downtown. Based on experience, this escalator runs about 50% of the time. The rest of the time the barrier is up with an out of order sign. And, taking a closer look at the out of order sign, it's been consistently failing since August of 2017. Not to mention it originally must have just been the down side, because that was crossed out at a later time. The company on the sign is Schindler Elevator.

Our studios moved to Downtown Duluth nearly 3 months ago. One of the nice things about being downtown is using the skywalk system. I find myself going on daily walks around not only for exercise, but to also clear my head in the middle of a workday. That's how I've come to notice how unreliable this thing is. It reminds me of the Minnesota Slip Bridge used by pedestrians in Canal Park that has been plagued with breakdowns for almost 30 years.

While this isn't that big of a deal, it just makes me wonder. Why does this thing break down all the time? You can use the elevator in the building or just make a detour and take the stairs a half block to the East.

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If you're someone who has been downtown using the skywalk system or tried to get to the DECC, how often have you noticed this thing broke?