{October 8, 2011}   Minneapolis!

Well I’m in Minneapolis for the weekend for a conference. I have to say its not as a bad as I thought. It definitely has an industrial urban vibe to it, which I love. I haven’t seen much of the city as I just checked into my hotel, but I will say that it is on its way to being deemed a city by Miss Sadity! It’s past the first test of earning the nomenclature of a real city.

For me the first test of being called a real city is the transportation. I cannot stand an establishment that doesn’t have the infrastructure to match its population. I call these places “fake cities.”  Here are some example:

Atlanta – I think of the ATL as a derelict municipality. In other words it’s a town that just got to big for its britches. Atlanta is obviously a settlement that grew faster than its infrastructure. That is why just on the first element alone, it fails to satisfy the test for a real city. The ATL is repeat with disconnected transit systems complete with illogical transit schedules.

Columbus – I like to call Columbus “Little Big Town.” Ask anyone who has ties for generations and they will swear that the place is a major city. Complete with an international airport that doesn’t have direct flights to any desirable location in this country let alone an international location. Honestly, Columbus is just one big suburb/ college town. The bus system is virtually non-existent in that its almost sole purpose is to serve the college students. I spent six months in Columbus without a car, it truly is virtually impossible to get anywhere if the route you need to take doesn’t pass the Ohio State University. I can recall one time taking the bus from the airport. Almost every city has a route from the airport to a centralized downtown location where you can transfer to other routes right? Not Columbus. First, the bus driver couldn’t tell where to get off to transfer. Then when I reached the end of his route I was stuck at one of Columbus’s desolate malls that is mostly a bunch of vacant store fronts. Because it was early afternoon on a Sunday, he was the last bus coming that way. I had to get my dog sitter to come pick me up. Also, on my daily commute, which was normally 15 minutes by car, not including parking (which can make it 30-40 minutes if you need to park by the university) it normally took me 45-50 minutes, sometimes longer in the winter. The beauty of taking public transportation is that it is supposed to make your commute more convenient, but really it just drains you of your time in Columbus.


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