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  •  Oooh - thanks for the link - (6+ / 0-)

    Added to my wish list.

    I'm a recent transplant to the Eastside (7 years ago ). I grew up in a suburb of Mpls., but have lived in various areas in St Paul since the early 80s (Como, Cathedral Hill, off Dale and Portland). I can get around in both cities (does that make me ambidextrous?), but much prefer St. Paul.

    It will be interesting to see if the opening of light rail between the two cities adds to the exchange of blood between us.

    "Eastside Pride!"

    Out with the gloomage - in with the plumage!

    by mikidee on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 12:44:17 PM PST

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    •  Why do you much prefer St. Paul, mikidee? (3+ / 0-)
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      Interesting, isn't it, how people have these druthers for one or the other-- me included?

      Government works when you elect those who want it to. --askyron (2013)

      by Simul Iustus et Peccator on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 01:37:35 PM PST

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      •  If you need to ask .... ;-) (1+ / 0-)
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        It's the neighborhoodiness, which is a lot like the appeal of Nordeast, but in St Paul it's the entire city.

        I've slept lived around this town for about 30+ years now so I can chat with folks and establish some credibility, even if I can't honestly claim to have grown up in a particular parrish - I know where the parrishes are, which gives me more than enough street cred.

        Meh - the point now is food, but I think that's always been the point.

        Out with the gloomage - in with the plumage!

        by mikidee on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 05:33:30 PM PST

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    •  Fellow Eastsider! (1+ / 0-)
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      You must have moved here, then, just after our Swedish Lutheran city councilman closed Hafner's bowling alley on White Bear Ave. for allegedly hosting a naked bowling league.  Adult entertainment of all kinds has been relegated to only Minneapolis now -- another difference between the two cities.  

      •  I have an odd history with (0+ / 0-)

        the 1st Amendment in St. Paul (think Playboy Lounge - no, not me, you perv ;-))

        I hate Bostrom - it's visceral. He needs to go.

        I love Ward 6. And I'm an oldster, not a hipster.

        Out with the gloomage - in with the plumage!

        by mikidee on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 04:53:36 PM PST

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      •  Hafner's? (0+ / 0-)

        My mom worked at a fancy restaurant named Hafner's.  Dated the owner Don.   She was a  waitress  at Diamond Jim's as well and made big tips for the sixty's.  Same Hafner's
            We lived all over St. Paul but i went to Como jhs.  
          Anyone remember Del Monte's on the corner of Rice and Maryland?  My stepdads  corner bar.

        Politics is a contact sport

        by boudi08 on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 12:25:56 PM PST

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