Mpls, St. Paul two of best four cities for quality of life, study says

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You're looking at two of America's top four quality of life cities, at least according to NerdWallet.
NerdWallet ranks Minneapolis and St. Paul as the third and fourth best cities in America, respectively, in terms of quality of life.

The cities ahead of us? Madison and Lincoln. Talk about a Midwestern bias!

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Uptown hot tub attracts schadenfreude

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Photo by Amanda White
Schadenfreude: Pleasure derived from the misfortune of others.
Shortly after we published our initial blog post about the cool-looking hot tub that hangs over Lake Street as part of the Walkway development in Uptown, commenters let us know it was taped off because of a leak. (The tape is visible in the above photo.)

Some suggested the leak was a result of shoddy engineering. But that's not necessarily the case, a state employee in the department that inspects pools tells us.

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Nicollet Mall redesign brings scrutiny upon panhandling

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A $50 million redesign of Nicollet Mall is currently in the planning process, with construction work set to begin as soon as next year and finish by the end of 2016.

But with downtown building owners expected to pay for about half of the project via assessments, the Downtown Council is talking openly about quelling "livability" issues like panhandling (and homelessness, but we'll focus on that another time) that make downtown a less attractive destination for investors, shoppers, and potential residents.

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Mpls one of America's most liberal cities, and St. Paul not too far behind, study says

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If looking west in this photo correlated with liberalness, then what you see here would be a visual depiction of where Minnesota's two largest cities rank on the lefty scale.
A study put together by political scientists Chris Tausanovitch from UCAL and Christopher Warshaw from MIT aggregated public opinion polls to determine which large American cities are the most liberal and which are the most conservative.

Their research indicates Minneapolis is one of the pinkest cities in the country. That probably shouldn't come as a surprise. But would you believe St. Paul is also pretty far to the left on the spectrum?

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Check out this cool hot tub hanging over Uptown sidewalk [PHOTOS]

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Not a bad spot to hang, right?
The luxury apartment building that now stands on the old Cowboy Slim's site features one of the most badass hot tubs you'll see.

The Walkway's hot tub sit right on top of Lake Street, allowing residents and their friends to people watch in the heart of Uptown while relaxing in warm, wet style.

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Twin Cities among least stressed metros, CNN study says

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Minnehaha Falls: Who could possibly be stressed in this lovely corner of Minneapolis?
Earlier this month, we told you about a Movoto Real Estate study that ranked Minnesota among the least stressed states. So it probably shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that a new CNNMoney study puts Minneapolis among the least stressed cities.

For the study, which looked at the 55 Americans metros with populations of one million or more, CNNMoney "spoke with experts, including the American Psychological Association, to come up with 15 of the biggest indicators of stress in urban areas," an explanation of the methodology says.

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Minneapolis and St. Paul grew faster than the suburbs last year

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These skylines attracted more residents than the suburbs did last year.
A new study finds that the Twin Cities is among a minority of major American metros where the urban core grew faster than the suburbs between 2012 and 2013.

The metro as a whole grew by 1.1 percent during that time frame. But most of the growth occurred in Minneapolis and St. Paul, where the growth rate was 1.6 percent, compared to an even 1 percent for the suburbs, according to the study, which is published on CityLab but makes use of information gathered by Brookings Institution demographer William Frey. (Read it here.)

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"Dollar Store Owen Wilson" stars in video for $2.9 million Lake Minnetonka home

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T Cody Turnquist, aka "Dollar Store Owen Wilson," or DSOW.
Weeks after "Dollar Store Ryan Gosling" took the internet by storm, Spacecrafting productions and Sotheby's Realty are hoping to do it again with "Dollar Store Owen Wilson," as David Brauer calls him.

An actor with a resemblance to the Zoolander star by the name of T Cody Turnquist is featured in a new ad for a $2.9 million Lake Minnetonka home at 2100 Shadywood Road in Orono.

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Minneapolis one of the best cities for singles, study says

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Gives "spooning" a whole different meaning, doesn't it?
As a guy who has been around the dating block a couple-thirteen-fourteen times, let me tell you -- Minneapolis is a pretty good place to be single, at least until you've gone on dates with half of Uptown and have to keep your head on a swivel while out in public as a result.

But don't take my word for it. Listen to the folks at Rent.com, who rank Minneapolis as the seventh best city in the whole country for folks who are single and wanting to mingle.

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Minnesota among safest states, study says

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Relatively wreck-free roads helped propel Minnesota to the top of the list.
Minnesota is behind only Massachusetts and New Hampshire on WalletHub's list of the safest states to live in.

The study accounts for workplace safety, emergency preparedness, home and community stability, traffic safety, and financial security, with Minnesota ranking in the top 10 in all but one of those categories.

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