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General information about Minneapolis, Minneapolis

The state of Minnesota
  showing the city of Minneapolis Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Latitude 44:57:43N, Longitude 93:16:01W
Population (1990): 368,383
County: Hennepin
Incorporated: 1867
(merged with St.Anthony in 1872)
57.8 square miles(18 lakes and approximately 150 parks)

Minneapolis is in east central Minnesota, USA. Together with St.Paul, it makes up the "Twin Cities". St.Paul is the state capitol, and slightly smaller in population. Both cities grew from settlements of the Mississippi river, which runs between them. Minneapolis began as a milling town next to St.Anthony falls, which next to downtown Minneapolis.

Minneapolis has an extensive park system built around it's lakes and Minnehaha Creek. The larger lakes are Calhoun, Harriet, and Nokomis. The city's nickname is "The City of Lakes", and an Aquatennial each summer centers around water-related activities. The quality of life here is usually rated above average by measures of employment, healthcare, wages, crime, and schools.

Minneapolis has several retail districts with street-level shops. Two examples are the West Bank and Dinkytown, both near the University of Minnesota(U of M). Uptown is another example. The U of M is one of the largest Universities in the U.S. and has an attractive Minneapolis campus. It has old buildings with classical architecture as well as new ones like the Weisman Museum.

Compared with the rest of the U.S., Minneapolis is slightly more progressive and liberal. Alternative bookstores and coops can survive here long-term. We have had lots of coffee shops since before the chains became widespread. There is a strong theater community, with drama, comedy, satire, dance, and experimental performances at dozens(or hundreds) of venues. There is also an abundance of live music venues. There is an art gallery district in Nordeast Minneapolis, as well as downtown St.Paul, and an art college(MCAD).

Suggested attractions

If you want to get to know Minneapolis, I would recommend visiting the retail districts of Uptown, Dinkytown, and the West Bank. You can see local scenery by driving along the Mississippi River. If you enjoy lakes and parkways, I would suggest getting a map and driving along Minnehaha Creek and around the chain of lakes( Cedar, Lake of the Isles, Calhoun, and Harriet).

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