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Old 11-25-2012, 10:57 PM
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There were also shared Scandinavian ethnic groups in these two areas, especially Swedes and Norwegians. Historically in the US there was a lot of this east-west movement roughly along different parallels.

I went to Minneapolis for the first time this summer and thought the city life felt a lot like Portland. Both seemed to be aiming for quality of urban life amid the greenery.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:59 PM
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Yes we are connected by Amtrak's Empire Builder line and Interstate 94/90.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:59 PM
Location: District of Columbia
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Originally Posted by Drewcifer View Post
It is a pretty common thing for people from the Twin Cities to move to the northwest for a while when they are young. They usually end up moving back though, be careful dating them if you don't want to live in Minneapolis someday.
I've run into that alot with the natives I've meet. Except they all seem to move to California, or Colorado in their 20s and then move back to Minneapolis.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:49 PM
Location: Manhattan
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Not sure about the history of the regions, but scenery/weather aside, cities like Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, and Madison all feel like they're cut from the same cloth.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:50 AM
Location: Shaw.
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Originally Posted by Drewcifer View Post
Originally St Paul and Seattle were the terminuses of the Great Northern Railroad so I think in the broader culture that established the northwest as the main destination if you were looking to leave the Twin Cities.
There was the railroads. Overall, there was a lot of population movement from the upper midwest to the northwest. But that was 19th century, so I'm not sure that matters today (do people from Cleveland feel their New England connection, because I doubt it).
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:37 AM
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I've always found it interesting how Minneapolis is so much more like a PNW city than midwestern city, although it's in the upper midwest.

Minneapolis has absolutely nothing in common with other midwestern cities. It actually feels liberal without trying. Also, Chicago always tops 'fattest cities' lists, but Minneapolis is always among the fittest. This paradox is interesting to say the least. They are only 5 hours away, yet have completely different cultures. Minneapolis also seems to accept LGBT as part of society (it's not seen as this radically different thing - it's normally accepted), where most large midwestern cities use having a visible gay population as something to prove major city status.

It also seems like hipsters might even be the majority in Minneapolis for those under 30, not the exception how they are in other large midwestern cities where you have to goto a specific neighborhood to find them.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:16 AM
Location: On the Great South Bay
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The historical connection that some people mentioned of the Upper Midwest and the Pacific Northwest being tied by the old railroads is interesting. The Northern Pacific, The Great Northern, The Union Pacific all used to tie the Northwest with the Midwest (UP still does) and the Milwaukee Road used to go all the way to Chicago.

Then there is the population movement. I did not see any figures so I am just guessing that more of the people who now live in the Northwest, have roots in the Midwest rather than say the South Central or the Southeast.
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