A Tale of Twin Cities
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are blessed with abundant natural beauty and rich terrain dotted with fantastic lakes of many sizes. The great Mississippi River runs through the heart of both cities, at once uniting and dividing the Twin Cities. Perhaps it might get colder than comfortable occasionally but it seems to have no effect on the cheerfulness and industriousness of the population.
Minneapolis feels like a modern Venice with all its floating skywalks connecting the multitude of towers that house one of the largest concentrations of Fortune 500 companies. St. Paul reminds one of Rome, with its State Capitol on a hill overlooking the Cathedral of Saint Paul. The Gilded Age seems to never have ended in the Twin Cities.
The river provided the lifeblood for the first settlements. St. Anthony Falls provided the energy to power the industries which sprang along the riverfront. The settlements, industries, and commercial activities have grown steadily since then to make the Twin Cities a truly fantastic place to live and work. The Manifest Destiny that led to the development and expansion of America is still alive in the Twin Cities.
“Massachusetts has been the wheel within New England, and Boston the wheel within Massachusetts.
It has therefore been the source and fountain of the ideas that have moved and made America, and is, in a high and honourable sense, the hub of the New World”
— Foster Barham Zincke
“I love Los Angeles, and I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.”
— Andy Warhol
“The missionary comes after the whiskey — I mean he arrives after the whiskey has arrived; next comes the poor immigrant, with ax and hoe and rifle; next, the trader; next…
…All these interests bring the newspaper; the newspaper starts up politics and a railroad; all hands turn to and build a church and a jail— and behold, civilization is established for ever in the land.
But whiskey, you see, was the van-leader in this beneficent work. It always is.”
— Mark Twain
“And it is awful here, there is no other way to say it. But I believe that Detroit is America’s city. It was the vanguard of our way up, just as it is the vanguard of our way down. And one hopes the vanguard of our way up again.
Detroit is Pax Americana. The birthplace of mass production, the automobile, the cement road, the refrigerator, frozen peas, high- paid blue-collar jobs, home ownership and credit on a mass scale. America’s way of life was built here.”
— Charlie LeDuff
“My advice for aspiring writers is go to New York. And if you can’t go to New York, go to the place that represents New York to you, where the standards for writing are high, there are other people who share your dreams, and where you can talk, talk, talk about your interests. Writing books begins in talking about it, like most human projects, and in being close to those who have already done what you propose to do.”
— Walter Kirn