The Twin Cities Identity Crisis

Urban currents

The Twin Cities Identity Crisis

Jay Walljaspe

Twin Cities, we have a problem! We're not on most people's radar of lively, livable, progressive, prosperous places. The cities we compete with for business, jobs and well-educated young workers enjoy strong identities as attractive, interesting places. Seattle is Microsoft and Nordstrom. The Bay Area is high-tech and avant-garde. Denver is America's beer capital and the Rocky Mountains. Portland is the capital of urban livability and young hipsters. We are best known for ice, snow, wind chill, mosquitoes, the Mall of America, and if, we are lucky, Prairie Home Companion - - which does not exactly portray us as a dazzling hotspot of culture, innovation and global cosmopolitanism. In our third installment of the series "Who Are We?" Jay Walljasper, noted author, storyteller and urban researcher, will share his recent research for the McKnight Foundation while facilitating a quasi-therapy session with us as we explore our internal and external civic Identities.