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Old 10-23-2015, 05:48 PM
 
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In terms of people and overall vibe is Mpls more like it's midwestern peer 7 hrs away or is it more like Seattle? And should Mpls be considered a midwestern city the same way other midwestern cities are or something else?
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Old 10-23-2015, 05:58 PM
 
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Minneapolis is like Minneapolis…not like Chicago or Seattle. Why wouldn't it be considered Midwestern? Weird. (BTW, Minneapolis is not Chicago's peer…isn't a "peer" an equal?)
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Old 10-23-2015, 06:06 PM
 
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Minneapolis is like Minneapolis…not like Chicago or Seattle. Why wouldn't it be considered Midwestern? Weird. (BTW, Minneapolis is not Chicago's peer…isn't a "peer" an equal?)
It's its peer as in they're both midwestern. Cleveleland and detroit are considered midwestern and are nothing like Minneapolis and they are not even really in the same region really.
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Old 10-23-2015, 07:38 PM
 
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It's its peer as in they're both midwestern. Cleveleland and detroit are considered midwestern and are nothing like Minneapolis and they are not even really in the same region really.
Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee and Chicago are more alike, really. Minneapolis is west of the Mississippi and these cities are all east. Minnesota is more like the Dakotas, state-wise, at least. Outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota is a plains state.
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Old 10-23-2015, 07:50 PM
 
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Minneapolis is solidly Midwestern even if it isn't much like Chicago. Minneapolis has never felt like Seattle to me, especially once you get outside the core.
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:36 PM
 
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Minnesota is more like the Dakotas, state-wise, at least. Outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota is a plains state.
Um, what? It absolutely isn't. Have you ever even been to Minnesota? Half the state is forest, and the area around the Twin Cities is mostly deciduous woodland with scattered farms. The only part of the state that's really comparable to the Dakotas is the extreme western swath, and a sizable chunk of southwestern Minnesota.

Anyway, I'd say that Minneapolis–St. Paul is more similar to Chicago in terms of architecture and urban layout (particularly housing and neighborhoods), but socially/economically more similar to Seattle. That being said, it's unmistakably Midwestern in character, although it's a Midwestern success story that defies the general national attitude and stereotype. Another Midwestern city that has a similar vibe is Madison.
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Old 10-23-2015, 10:08 PM
 
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It's its peer as in they're both midwestern. Cleveleland and detroit are considered midwestern and are nothing like Minneapolis and they are not even really in the same region really.

Last I heard the Midwest is still a "region" , a multi-faceted huge diverse region...why can't the Midwest just be a complicated, textured, and diverse place? Has the term Midwest been so twisted that it can only represent just one simplistic idea?

Having said that...I'd have to go with Minneapolis being slightly more similar to Seattle, largely due to the strong Scandinavian cultural influence in the two.
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Old 10-24-2015, 06:12 AM
 
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Um, what? It absolutely isn't. Have you ever even been to Minnesota? Half the state is forest, and the area around the Twin Cities is mostly deciduous woodland with scattered farms. The only part of the state that's really comparable to the Dakotas is the extreme western swath, and a sizable chunk of southwestern Minnesota.

Anyway, I'd say that Minneapolis–St. Paul is more similar to Chicago in terms of architecture and urban layout (particularly housing and neighborhoods), but socially/economically more similar to Seattle. That being said, it's unmistakably Midwestern in character, although it's a Midwestern success story that defies the general national attitude and stereotype. Another Midwestern city that has a similar vibe is Madison.
Actually, I was born in Minnesota. On maps, often, Minnesota is considered a Plains state. We are talking about Minneapolis here, though, and it doesn't remind me of Chicago. It certainly is Midwestern, though. As far as comparing to Seattle, physically, there's not a resemblance, but both are vital cities. Seattle's downtown seems more vibrant than Minneapolis' downtown, but maybe that's only what I have observed.
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Old 10-24-2015, 06:15 AM
 
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Last I heard the Midwest is still a "region" , a multi-faceted huge diverse region...why can't the Midwest just be a complicated, textured, and diverse place? Has the term Midwest been so twisted that it can only represent just one simplistic idea?

Having said that...I'd have to go with Minneapolis being slightly more similar to Seattle, largely due to the strong Scandinavian cultural influence in the two.
Very good point. I don't like when people pigeon-hole (stereotype) a region, based on a bias or pre-conceived notion. I also don't know why people are always trying to compare Minneapolis and Seattle. I was born in Minnesota, so I know it well. I've traveled to Seattle, and I just don't get the comparison. Maybe on paper, but in person, there much more of a water presence in Seattle.
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Old 10-24-2015, 08:48 AM
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I don't really get this Seattle comparison, either. Minneapolis is 16th of the 52 most religious cities, Seattle 49th. Most And Least Religious Cities In America (PHOTOS) That makes a big difference in a city's culture. Just one big difference. And yes, Minneapolis is midwestern.
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