Twins — 2 Comments

  1. Not an East­ern­er. Moved here from Col­orado. Short­ly after the move the CEO of Burling­ton North­ern (it was still head­quar­tered in St. Paul) said that Mpls was a West­ern city & St. Paul was an East­ern city. Miss­ing Col­orado at the time I sort of appre­ci­at­ed what he was get­ting at. All the same I have only lived in at. Paul. Any thoughts about that characterization?

  2. Hi Bart, I can't real­ly com­ment about West­ern cities… I have only lived in Cal­i­for­nia in the West, Berke­ley & Oak­land to be exact. Cal­i­for­nia is a bit of a spe­cial case, and the Bay Area more so, and Berke­ley still fur­ther more.

    I would have said Min­neapo­lis feels more East­ern; more hus­tle, more go-go than St. Paul. As I left Berke­ley for the East many years ago, in my 20s, I recall hav­ing tak­en to heart the words of a then-colum­nist in the San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle — it might have been Jon Car­roll. He char­ac­ter­ized the East as the place where "tough and smart means tough and smart."

    How did it seem to you that Min­neapo­lis had a West­ern flavor?

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