Betsy Hodges proclaims July 14-20 "The Best Week of Bragging about Mpls Ever"

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Hodges thinks residents should do more to get the word out about all Minneapolis has to offer.
Some might argue Minneapolitans brag enough as it is. After all, if you've been reading us for a while, you know that people can't get enough of us trumpeting each and every one of the City of Lakes' appearances on top city lists of all kinds.

Nonetheless, Mayor Betsy Hodges thinks we're too modest. And so during her State of the City Address yesterday, Hodges proclaimed July 14-20 "The Best Week of Bragging About Minneapolis Ever."

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Reached for comment following the speech, Hodges spokesperson Kate Brickman said, "The week will involve events, which we'll work on planning in coming months, in addition to social media. We hope to get some partners in the effort. Mayor Hodges came up with the idea a couple weeks ago. We'll have a lot more details in the future about it."

Asked whether the Week of Bragging was inspired by something similar another city had done, Brickman says she believes Hodges "came up with the idea on her own, early in the process of when she was thinking about the speech and what she wanted to say in it."

"She knew she wanted to ask the community and residents to be involved in some way, so this seemed to be a fun way to achieve that," Brickman continued.

Here's what Hodges had to say about Minneapolis's alleged modesty during her address (via the Southwest Journal):
We could discover cures for 17 kinds of cancer and we would say nothing, and if someone else noticed we would say, 'Yeah, well, thanks. Anyone else would have done the same.' And then we would change the subject to the weather. If we are going to grow, if we are going to bring opportunity here, we can't afford to be modest. We can't afford to hide our lights under all those bushels. And we sure can't settle for merely being less modest. We have got to brag, people. Actively, loudly, with more vigor than we know we have we must shout to the rooftops that Minneapolis and our people are the best on Earth.
Hodges went on to say she wants the city to grow by more than 100,000 residents. She said she envisions the bigger, less modest Minneapolis having a robust public transportation infrastructure that will make it easier to live here without an automobile.

But some chose to make fun of Hodges's brainchild: Looks like Hodges will have to grow the city by 100,001 residents to meet her goal.

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kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Hodges, Rybeck, Met Council, DFL and the  rest of the Statist Central Planners is why the city has been shrinking for 65 Years.   "100K people growth"  my ass.   Only Low information people believe there is any growth.  Not one positive growth year in Mpls for 65 years!  Why, Progressive Democrats, Taxers, Takers, Central planners and regulators.  Nice work Democrats, way to look out for the "Little Guy".    In 10 years Mpls will be only Rich residents, old residents and very Poor residents.  

FrankHanson
FrankHanson

Minneapolis as it stands won't do well with 100K extra people. The infrastructure is a headache with the number of people it already has. Maybe the extra 100K people could all live downtown St. Paul? 


Civic pride is a fine thing but I've heard the standard Twin Cities brags my entire life. The real reason most people move to cities is because of jobs. If growth is desired, the city needs a strategy for bringing in jobs other than just building sports stadiums. Simply continuing to boast about bike trails, lakes, and Prince (who lives in the suburbs) isn't going to cut it. 

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

The socialist's view is that they will design and build Utopia.  They want to block out reality.

Reality is that people want to be left alone to manage their own lives in their own way.  People drive because they value their time.  Mass transportation where you have to walk blocks in the ice / snow just to get to a bus/LRT stop, catch that train then you will probably have to transfer again.   Who wants to add another hour or two to their work day?

The absurdity of wanting 100,000 more people to live in shoe box apartments.  Talk about congestion - they are trying to create it!

The real truth is that cities are less and less necessary.   With the advent of computers / internet / scanning / phones / faxing  it is no longer necessary for the banker to be in proximity to the lawyer or the abstractor.  

Minneapolis is about one thing:  DOWN TOWN.   They haven't a care about all of us in N / S / E / W Minneapolis. 

indnguy1
indnguy1

nothing to brag about, the Somlaians? Ther Illegal MexicanS? i dont see anything good about minneapolis no more, I tell paople i live in st paul!

Virginia Fleming Tschida
Virginia Fleming Tschida

bragging about a city that continues to hurt small businesses, ear plugs are mandatory, Columbus day, taxes and more taxes, spending time on to go boxes.

theoko
theoko

This is going to be really tough for the legions of people who are stuck here due to some sort of temporary embarrassment when they're really meant for much cooler cities like New York or LA.  Like exiled royalty, their main psychological defense is to talk about how Minneapolis sucks so that nobody mistakenly takes them for part of it (which they are).   Thanks for the head's up, City Pages, this will give them plenty of time to come up with a means of coping when other people (plebians) express appreciation for this community.  Still, it's going to be a rough week for the too-cool-for-Minneapolis crowd.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

"less modest Minneapolis having a robust public transportation infrastructure that'll make it easier to live here without an automobile"


How would one do this without moving almost every major employer out of the suburbs where it takes 4 times longer to get to and from work by public transit vs automobile?

theoko
theoko

Yeah, if there's one thing I hate about Minneapolis, it's Columbus Day.

FuckTheDFL
FuckTheDFL

@theoko  It has nothing to do with people thinking that they are "too cool" for Minneapolis. It has to do with the fact that Minneapolis is a boring, depressing city that lacks any energy or excitement whatsoever. There is absolutely nothing in Minneapolis that you can't find in similar sized (and in many cases, smaller) cities in the U.S. 


"I'm so excited! I'm going to Minneapolis tomorrow!!"

--said no one ever.

FuckTheDFL
FuckTheDFL

@DavidFoureyes  You know that's right. I live in Mpls and work out in White Bear Lake. If I had to take the bus, it would take me 2.5 hours each way. It takes me 25 minutes to drive out there. 

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@DavidFoureyes   ........but people want the auto, so whats the problem?  More families have cars now and that won't change unless the DFL mandates a limit per family car amount.    Even when more rail comes, it will not be ridden.  We are too spread out----Thats ok!   Most people want to live in the burbs, look at the numbers.    Furthermore, Mpls-St. Paul  will not ever ever grow big enough thanks to the Democrat taxers and takers.   The city has been shrinking for 65 years.  There has not been one census that shows positive population in Mpls.   The flight from the city is caused by huge taxes, bad housing stock, more land in the burbs.     There is nothing wrong with what folks in the burbs want and have: cars, highways, 4 bed 4 bath, mud room, space, highways and an SUV--and an ok city to come to for entertainment tha'ts a 5-15 minute car ride in comfy leather car seats.   That's having it all and that's the way it will be, just look around.     "Growing the City by 100K"  will not happen in 100 years, moron incompetents like Rybeck/Hodges/ Met Council have no clue how to grow it, which is the result of progressivism.  Good Day

Satyr
Satyr

@kurt124 What is the deal with you rightwing nuts trolling city pages with this vitriolic nonsense? To you and your ilk, you want the rightwing utopia Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh et al promise move the fuck to Milwaukee. See how that works? Compare any metric for standard of living, employment statistics, health and wellness, etc for the TC and Milwaukee and then espouse your lower tax rate, screw the environment bs. We tried that with Pawlenty how'd that work out? Hm?

How's Walker and Ryan's race to bottom, cooked books, deficit spending, right to work measuring up? Since they took control of Wisc things have gone from bad to dismal. 46th for job creation, bottom 10% for standard of living... You really think those damning policies are what we need here in Minn? Really? There are plenty of red states to move to. How about Louisiana? Mississippi? The twin cities and Minnesota are thriving because of progressive taxation, strong labor unions, and social welfare programs not despite them. You and all you backwoods, gun nuts need to practice what you preach. You want taxation that favors the wealthy move to Wisc, you want rightwing extremism move to Wisc, you want less access to affordable healthcare move to Wisc, you want to earn less for the same job move to Wisc. See what i'm doing here?  The DFL has done fine by me and my family. If you're so unhappy get the fuck out! 

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@kurt124 I live 4 miles from down town Mpls.  Never go there unless necessary.  Nothing is there except sporting palaces built with our tax dollars  (where our right to referendum was hi-jacked.)

Our council people have worked very hard to harvest the most money from the parking situation.   Not only are the new 'meters' a joke to use (try it some night at 0 degrees) but there are parking restrictions that are in tiny print on the 'post' by your parking spot.   And the restrictions can be for only one side of the street.   Just go down town on a week day, around 4:00, the North Loop and you will see armies of Traffic Enforcement Officers.  It's a real hostile money grubbing proposition.  That alone should be enough to keep people away.

Then there's downtown restaurant tax and entertainment tax.   I bought a drink for a client the other day - for two mixed drinks the bill was almost $20.  What a crock.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kurt124  you dont need the commas in your lame attempt at a put down. That is very poor comma use


you look stupid

exgeronimo
exgeronimo

Yes, two cities that are 10x bigger are more exciting, great point

FuckTheDFL
FuckTheDFL

@theoko And I'm so happy for you that Minneapolis gets you all excited. People from Fargo think Minneapolis is really exciting too. Why don't you go visit London, Paris, Dubai or another real city and then tell us how "exciting" Minneapolis is. Oh yeah. We have Art-A-Whirl and dive bars. HOW WORDLY!!!

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@theoko "but the fact is that it has one of the best art and music scenes "    That tells me you're a 20 somethin' Millennial who probably lives in his mom's basement.  After you grow up the art and music scene has little importance.

FuckTheDFL
FuckTheDFL

@theoko And who defines "one of the best" when it comes to art and music? Just because we have a large art and music scene, doesn't mean it's the best. i don't know. Maybe you're right and I'm just talking out of my ass. Perhaps because I've lived here my whole life, I've become jaded.


Whenever I fly anywhere, I always pick a window seat. Using your examples of L.A. and New York, when you are flying into those cities (especially at night) and you look down, you can just feel the energy. It does make you excited, especially if you have never been there before. Flying into Minneapolis....not so much.....


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfdLGKwvb4M

theoko
theoko

@FuckTheDFL @theoko No, you don't have to love it here, but the fact is that it has one of the best art and music scenes in the country- quite a lot better than most cities considerably larger than its size.  Your statement about there being absolutely nothing here you can't find in similarly sized or even smaller is absolutely wrong.

FuckTheDFL
FuckTheDFL

@theoko I grew up here. My family are here. My job is here. That doesn't mean that I have to love it here. Or brag about it when there really isn't much to brag about.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@Truth_Teller_1 @kurt124Well put.  I live in Mpls and do like it but avoid DT at all costs.  Nothing good happens down there and the parking is futile!!!!    I live in Mpls but at the same time disdain Hodges and the rest of the Central Planners. 

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