Mass Transit Study Ranks Twin Cities 13th, but Doesn't Include Green Line [MAP]

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Michael Hicks
The Green Line has benefits that go beyond the line itself, a transportation expert says.
A new University of Minnesota study looking at the number of jobs accessible by transit in 46 of America's largest metros ranks the Twin Cities 13th, but it doesn't account for the Green Line, Andrew Owen, director of the U's Accessibility Observatory and lead researcher for the project, tells us.

"All of the data across all the cities [comes from] January 29 or as close to it as possible, so it doesn't include the Green Line," he says. "Within the next month we're preparing to release a report that compares the accessibility data in the current report with a new calculation that includes the Green Line, a map that shows where and by how accessibility was changed as a result of the Green Line, and supporting bus schedule changes."

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A Smoker's Manifesto: 11 Reasons to Revoke the University's Tobacco Ban

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To the disdain of smokers and acclaim of abstainers, the University of Minnesota's campus-wide tobacco ban was officially enacted in July, a few months shy of the fall semester. Ashtrays were present throughout campus for the first few weeks of school, but have since been removed. Signs informing students of the smoking ban have popped up along sidewalks. Professors no longer hold back when they catch students with cigarettes. For a regular smoker like myself, it's first world hell.

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Twin Cities Passes Detroit, Now 2nd Largest Economy in Midwest

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For the first time since 2009, the Twin Cities' economy is larger than Detroit's.
Measured by total GDP, the economy of the Twin Cities metro area is now the second largest in the Midwest, behind only Chicago, according to statistics released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Laura Kalambokidis, the Minnesota State Economist and a U of M professor, tells us the Twin Cities is benefitting from the relatively hot state economy, which in turn is benefitting from the relatively hot regional economy.

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St. Paul makes major best bike cities list...

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St. Paul is getting serious about building a bike loop around downtown.
... and Minneapolis finished 37 spots higher.

But let's forget about that for a second! It's cool, for a change, to see St. Paul get some love as the 40th-ranked city in Bicycling Magazine's biannual Best Cities to Bike list, and we spoke to Anne Hunt, environmental policy director for Mayor Chris Coleman's office, to get some perspective on the exciting bike-related developments taking place there.

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Twin Citians sorta suck at driving, report says

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Allstate's 10th annual "Best Drivers Report" indicates folks in Minneapolis and St. Paul are mediocre at best when it comes to avoiding accidents.

Out of the 200 cities included in the study, which is based on crash data, Minneapolis ranks 90th. St. Paul, meanwhile, ranks 103rd.

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Minnesota State Fair: Top 10 places to poop

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All photos by Jake Nyberg
Because you never know when nature will call, especially when you've eaten a corn dog, carmel apple, corn, cheese curds, falafel, Snickers on a stick...
The world doesn't need another recap of the newest, weirdest, on-a-stickiest foods at the Minnesota State Fair. At least not from this omnivore. When it comes to fair grub, it's fun to experiment -- to try things for yourself -- to share as many items as you can with as many people as possible. That's the secret to gastronomic success. It's about volume. Trial and error. It isn't rocket science and it sure as hell isn't a fancy tasting dinner with white linens. The fair is a gathering of people, animals, smells and tastes. It gets messy and the mess is part of the adventure.

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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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Duluth and Minneapolis voted two of the three greatest places to live

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Outside Magazine praises Duluth for its 6,834 acres of city parkland, 178 miles of wooded trails, and 16 designated trout streams.
In Outside's new list of "The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America," the magazine's readers conclude there is no place greater than Duluth, Minnesota.

We're not sure we'd take Duluth over say, San Francisco, but then again, we're probably not quite as outdoorsy as Outside readers, who also voted Minneapolis as the third best place to live. (Number two honors go to Provo, Utah -- now we get what Tom Torkildson was talking about.)

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Minneapolis one of the most beard-friendly cities, study says

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Nick Kozel for City Pages
Yours truly (center) with a couple of friends, basking in the beard-loving environs of Minneapolis.
Minneapolis is one of the most inviting cities in the county for beardos, according to a study put together by the Wahl Clipper Corporation.

The study, put together in partnership with the Opinion Research Corporation, relied on an "in-depth analysis of the online universe over the past two years for beard and mustache positivity. Conversations and searches surrounding facial hair were measured, and cities were ranked based on overall interest and positive sentiment."

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

Categories: How We Live, Lists
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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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