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Hey, folks! We need to figure out the relationship between Minneapolis, St. Paul (or should it be Saint Paul?), and the Twin Cities] page. Otherwise, we're going to continue having the situation we have now -- duplicate information on all the pages. I have a couple of ideas:

  1. We treat Twin Cities like a region and the two cities as two different cities in that region.
  2. We treat Twin Cities like a single big city, and kinda ignore that technically one side is M and the other is St. P.
  3. Something else.

Any ideas? I don't know the Twin Cities at all, so I'm kinda working on hearsay, here. But my understanding is that the Twin Cities are much more interwined than, two big cities in the same metro region like, say, Dallas-Fort Worth, or Hong Kong and Macau or San Francisco and Oakland. Ideas? --Evan 01:06, 31 Jan 2004 (EST)

I'd say make it one article, like we talked about doing for Tahoe-- if it's conceptually one place that is. How often does someone visit one without setting foot in the other? Majnoona 01:32, 31 Jan 2004 (EST)
As a resident of Minneapolis I say that we should combine the two articles, redirecting minneapolis to the twin cities -- invis.
Hmm... the two cities are very different. I'd keep them separate, and use the "Twin Cities" as a direction page. St. Paul NEEDS its own page, most people around here in Minneapolis rarely visit it, but it has worthwhile destinations aside from theater shows and concerts. I'd use Twin Cities and branch the user off to St. Paul or Minneapolis.

By the way, added a HUGE amount of dining info after taking monthly "food adventures" for the past half a year. This is a great area for food. -- Westifer 3/5/2005

I think they should be one article. Visitors to either city would be better served being provided information about travel/dining/events in both cities, because if you are visiting one you are essentially visiting both. Residents from both Minneapolis and St. Paul (as well as each of their suburbs) inevitably end up attending cultural events in both cities, and the cities share sports teams, media outlets, educational institutions, etc.

(Also see -spydust 3/18/06

Dining, Etc.,

I reorganized some of the restaurants. Someone stopped in and recommended a few that are obviously part of the same ownership. They're good restaurants, but they don't go in front of everything else with no justification.

To explain how I organized it, "Areas to Eat" are places where several restaurants are clumped together. If the article expands more to explain what Dinkytown, Stadium Village, and Eat Street are, the restaurants could be ripped from these paragraphs. For now though it should make it far easier for travelers to find the grub stops.

Otherwise, I also added in "Get Out" (which seems redundant with "Go"), Drinking info, and a little vague hotel info. I also added several links on the bottom. Others are welcome to help clean this up a bit more, especially mods, as I am still a somewhat novice editor with only a few hours of computer time after work to go over all of this. But thanks! --Westifer 06:36, 08 Apr 2005 (CST)

I understand how Chino Latino's advertising can be offensive to people, but racist? I fail to see the racism, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "belief in the superiority of a particular race leading to prejudice and antagonism towards people of other races, especially those in close proximity who may be felt as a threat to one's cultural and racial integrity or economic well-being." Bangkok has brothels. Cheap ones. Just because the citizens of Bangkok are of a "race" (i.e. not white, because this wouldn't be an issue otherwise) does not make references to unsavory aspects of the country racist. I will reword the reference to express the possibility of offense and suggest it remain that way until true racism is shown. 20:40, 18 May 2005 (EDT) (created account): Mikepjones 20:42, 18 May 2005 (EDT)

Editing and restructuring

Hi all,

I did some pretty big edits today. I consolidated the "Do" and "Get Out" sections and edited the content of the two to match the rest of the page structurally. I hope I didn't hack away at anyone else's contributions too much. I tried to keep the gist and only change the structure, generally speaking.

The new structure will hopefully allow folks (myself included) to expand on the parts of the entries. (For instance, there's plenty of room to expand on lake activities and tips, music venues, etc.)

I plan to continue working on this over the summer.

Hi! Thanks for your contributions so far, and we'll be looking forward to more. Just FYI, the "Get out" section in our article templates is supposed to be for nearby destinations for a day trip, as in "Get out of town", rather than "Going out on the town". Maybe we need to change the template though, because this isn't the first time somebody has thought the latter. Like everything else it's open for discussion.
I just want to mention it though because we do like to keep the same format for all of the articles because it's easier for travellers if they don't have to spend time to figure out where stuff is on the page. So, somebody (not me) is likely to come around and put the template structures back, and I don't want you to think because of that that we don't value your input or your contribution. We do! -- Mark 00:39, 13 Jun 2005 (EDT)

OK. I wasn't aware of that. That's good to know. I've rearranged things to fit this template. (I think the "Get Out" category is a good one. I can think of plenty of ideas for that.) I'll have to do some more reading on the preferred structure. :) Thanks for the tip.

This is Huge City - lets treat it like one!

Okay... so I glanced at this article today and was overwhelmed with the information available. It fantastic to see so much work going into it! However, it seems to be a little wild and on occasions, a little repeatative. I've added a Districts section and made guesses as to the districts based on the article as a whole.

I know nothing about the city, so hopefully those more knowledgable can build it in the right direction.

-- Ilkirk 17:07, 8 Oct 2005 (EDT)

A message by the Department of Redundancy Department which has brought you this message: please avoid names like "X/South X", because the 2nd X provides no additional information and is a pain to type in. I've taken the liberty of moving all the new districts accordingly. Jpatokal 08:06, 9 Oct 2005 (EDT)
Hmmmm... that was a pain to type over and over again. You're such a nice guy. :) -- Ilkirk 11:27, 10 Nov 2005 (EST)


The following hotels were removed because they have addresses that aren't in Minneapolis. Unless someone can say that they really, more or less ARE in Minneapolis and in fact don't belong to some other article, then they are here, more or less ready to be dropped back in. -- Ilkirk 11:27, 10 Nov 2005 (EST)

  • Microtel Minneapolis / St. Paul Hotel, 5681 Bishop Ave. Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 Tel: (651) 552-0555 Amenities complimentary with Microtel's other standard amenities include remote TV with ESPN, CNN and one movie channel and complimentary continental breakfast. Experience for yourself the value and price for quality accommodations.
  • Microtel Minneapolis / Bloomington Hotel, 801 East 78th Street Bloomington, MN 55420 Tel: (952) 854-6600 Microtel is the first economy/budget hotel brand to offer guests free local and free long distance calls in the continental United States, and free wireless high-speed Internet access in every room of their hotels, as well as advance online check-in and check-out with unlimited access to online folio information.
  • Microtel Minneapolis Eagan Hotel, 3000 Denmark Avenue Eagan, MN 55121 Tel: (651) 405-0988 Enjoy consistency, quality, reasonable prices and great service each time you stay with Microtel Inns & Suites. Microtel is one of the fastest-growing hotel chains in the US and the recipient of many awards and accolades over the years.

The name "Minneapolis"

Minneapolis doesn't just call itself the city of lakes. Its name actually means the city of water, or the city of lakes.

Minne = Dakota word meaning "water" polis = Greek word meaning "city"

OK... i've changed the article to reflect this. You could too! -- Mark 08:03, 29 Dec 2005 (EST)

Stay Safe

The section on safety needs a workover. To advise people to avoid all of Franklin east of Lyndale is overkill as it eliminates Franklin and Nicollet and its surrounding eateries.

Also, if you're going to paint all of North Minneapolis with such a broad stroke, some mention needs to be made of equally dangerous areas of South Minneapolis.

Perhaps it might be easier to advise people as to what areas they should stick to?