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Old 03-28-2014, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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I've heard several times that St. Paul has more traditional, old-school "East Coast" vibe to it, while Minneapolis has a more modern, "west coast" atmosphere.

I definitely would say there's a stronger connection between Minneapolis and Portland or Seattle than the same and Philadelphia or Boston.
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Old 03-28-2014, 06:05 PM
 
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Minneapolis tore down many old buildings for interstate highways. Also, way back in 1880s Minneapolis tore down most of the oldest houses to expand downtown. Some good old downtown buildings were torn down just because some big corporations wanted the latest styles of buildings.



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Also, could you tell me-why did Mpls tear down so many buildings downtown in 1960s? were they trying to redefine themselves (as cool??)?
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Old 04-01-2014, 12:19 AM
 
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Very good analysis.

Tell me please, what is mile based address? not familiar with that. Could you please pm me? I don't read here often.
If you go to Minneapolis, you have a fairly strict grid of streets and avenues. For example, if you're at 40th Street South and Chicago Ave., you're at the 4000 block of Chicago Ave. (there are exceptions - Franklin is at 20th, and Lake is at 30th, but for the most part, it holds true).

St. Paul has some numbered streets, but the address system is largely based on historical distance from the city center, rather than on a cross street. For example, the intersection of Lexington and St. Clair is about 220 Lexington Ave S. I believe Chicago and Detroit are set up this way, and it dates back to very early times.
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