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    Minneapolis is Protestant, St. Paul is Catholic, Minneapolis is western and St. Paul is eastern...
    Lots of ethnic differences, Italians and Germans, Irish and Poles, Vietnamese and Hmong, I suppose those differences are small now, compared to when I was young.
    Now that Minneapolis' civic policy means that only young couples with business oriented lives are welcomed there, they lost me.
    Union jobs for a guy who is a skilled hand worker are gone forever, even the 1910 Ford plant in St. Paul closed, I hear.
    I liked living up there but you can tell when a urban area's policies gradually change....

    Hope to read more people's ideas about the non-twin cities.

    I buy and sell well trained riding mules and American Mammoth Jack Stock.

    by old mule on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 11:22:04 AM PST

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      Now that Minneapolis' civic policy means that only young couples with business oriented lives are welcomed there, they lost me.
       
      Not sure what you mean by that but certainly Minneapolis is known for having a large gay community.  But of course the civic policy certainly aims to maintain a large, stable, middle class which is why the city is thriving and not dying.  You lose young couples and you lose your city.  You lose major employers and you lose your city.  As for union jobs, Minneapolis never had a large manufacturing base.  Another reason why the city is thriving and not dying!
      •  mfg (7+ / 0-)

        I guess I am bitching about gentrification, partly.
        But in 1971 I was walking down a rough old Minneapolis street with my hands in my pockets, 21 year old blithe spirit, and saw a sign "machinists wanted". I walked the back and asked an old guy if he'd teach me to operate a big ol' dangerous looking machine.
        By the end of the year I was a union machinist and supporting a new baby on MY salary.
        Printers, machining job shops, 3M, General Mills, the trades, there were thousands of manufacturing jobs there, Honeywell making landmines and cluster bombs before they hived off Alliant, the aircraft A&P jobs...no, Minneapolis was a great center for productive work...and a well known "union town".
        Also as I got into my 50s realized that the policy focus on suits in their twenties with new families was not going to do much for me...
        I visit there every five years or so and am amazed by what disappears, my beloved Dania Hall most hurtfully...
        anyway back to the difference between the two cities, enough personal digression.

        I buy and sell well trained riding mules and American Mammoth Jack Stock.

        by old mule on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 03:02:12 PM PST

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