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Old 05-12-2012, 05:56 PM
 
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is minne really clean-green? (-smog/-cars/+walkable) or is it just some upscale areas clean and other area as polluted as any other biggish US city???
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:00 PM
 
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There are very few walkable areas if you mean living a normal life without a car like you would in Manhattan. There are a lot of nice places to walk around, though. I wouldn't say those places are necessarily "upscale" either. There was a recent report that said the air quality was actually pretty bad, but didn't look into it too closely.
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:49 PM
 
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weird...i keep seeing listed among the "cleanest" in the world


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Old 05-12-2012, 07:19 PM
 
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Report shows dirty air at dangerous levels in Twin Cities | StarTribune.com
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:15 PM
 
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While there are some air quality issues, I do consider Minneapolis very clean and green. I moved here from the East Coast, and I've never run into anything like the garbage day stench or the perpetual odor of certain subway stations that were a frequent occurrence out east. Part of it is that downtown businesses are very good about keeping downtown clean of litter, filth, etc. Another big part is that Minneapolis is smaller city, so there's less trash to deal with in the first place. But the biggest thing is that there is a ton of green space in the city between all the lakes, the river, the excellent park system, lots of trees all over the city, etc.
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:16 PM
 
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Downtown Minneapolis is very clean compared to most metropolitan downtown areas. When I moved here I often commented at how clean it is. It has to be because for so many months it is covered in snow and ice.
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:26 PM
 
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Not sure about actual air or water pollution levels, but on the surface, anyway, Minneapolis is VERY clean. It's one of the first things I notice after returning to the city after living/visiting other cities of its size.

It's also very flat, so you don't get visible smog getting trapped and hovering over the city like you do in some cities. And the plentiful trees and parks really do make it feel more green, even if it isn't necessarily "green" in the ultra-environmentally friendly sense. (as far as I know the city isn't cutting-edge on that front, although it does have some real strengths, like its bike infrastructure)
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:35 PM
 
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While there are some air quality issues, I do consider Minneapolis very clean and green. I moved here from the East Coast, and I've never run into anything like the garbage day stench or the perpetual odor of certain subway stations that were a frequent occurrence out east. Part of it is that downtown businesses are very good about keeping downtown clean of litter, filth, etc. Another big part is that Minneapolis is smaller city, so there's less trash to deal with in the first place. But the biggest thing is that there is a ton of green space in the city between all the lakes, the river, the excellent park system, lots of trees all over the city, etc.
And, for the most part, people here are respectful and do not litter. Many other cities it is so routine to see people drop trash, throw it out of a car window etc.
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:02 AM
 
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And, for the most part, people here are respectful and do not litter. Many other cities it is so routine to see people drop trash, throw it out of a car window etc.
I agree. That in one thing we always notice when we travel..how much garbage is along the roads. Also, the Twin Cities area is just more organized. City planning and sign ordinances everywhere make the area just neater looking. Other places you have various businesses tossed together, huge signs, billboards, etc. dominating the highways. It just looks messy to have a car dealership next to a couple houses, next to a fast food place next to a walk in MRI clinic, etc. There is also little continuity with set-backs and building design.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:28 PM
 
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' It has to be because for so many months it is covered in snow and ice."

even 'now"?? how many months a year is it freezing cold?
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