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Old 11-28-2009, 08:17 AM
 
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Is Minneapolis one of Americas best planned cities for park and recreation? I've been to a good number of American cities and haven't seen anything like the Grand Rounds.
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:20 AM
 
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I doubt there is a better park system in America. Boston has the Emerald Necklace, but not as many small city squares, Buffalo has good parks, I believe. Central Park, Golden Gate Park, Balboa Park, Forest Park, et cetera are better than anything in Minneapolis, but they have such a different motivation and rationale they aren't particularly comparable. There is no city that brings nature to its residents in such a well-planned and democratic manner.
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Old 11-29-2009, 12:37 PM
 
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As an outsider, Oh yeah, Minneapolis and St. Paul are significantly better than many American cities in the parks and recreation dept.
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Old 11-29-2009, 01:04 PM
 
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I've lived in cities that have better individual parks, but I do think the Twin Cities are pretty unique in how well it's all integrated. Minneapolis has the best park system that I've encountered in this country.
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:34 AM
 
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Citywide Minneapolis probably has the overall best park system I've seen, although the downtown area is currently lacking in this deparment. Chicago's downtown is far superior in the park department, I'm assuming New York is as well with Central Park.
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Old 11-30-2009, 11:11 AM
 
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I like large downtown parks, too. Among US large cities, most don't seem to have large parks downtown. (Locally, I don't consider Loring downtown, and I don't consider Rice and Mears large)

In addition to your examples, the only other ones I can think of are Washington's Mall, Boston's Common, Portland's Riverfront (I think that's the name of it), Pittsburgh's Point, and St Louis's Jefferson Exposition.
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