Role Model

At streets.mn we focus on Minneapolis and Minnesota. We praise what is praise-worthy and condemn what is condemnable. We feel we do it for our own community. And of course we do.

But what we do in Minneapolis and St. Paul is important not just for residents of Minneapolis or St. Paul, rather it matters for residents of the world. You my fellow Minneapolitans (and St. Paulites perhaps), and those in the surrounding environs are residents of communities that should aim to serve as a role model for the rest of the US, and the world, about how cities should function. We are perfecting the Twin Cities not simply for our own benefit, but for that of humanity.

If we fail, people will look to Portland, or Europe, instead. Surely we can do better.*


* We should not merely compare ourselves to today’s best,  we should seek that others compare themselves to us and be found wanting. For if they are weighed and not found wanting, we are insufficiently better.

 

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7 Responses to Role Model

  1. David Levinson
    David Levinson March 18, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

    I am not a St. Paulite, so I cannot call out fellow St. Paulites.

  2. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke March 18, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    Love your work, by the way.

  3. Nick Magrino
    Nick Magrino March 18, 2015 at 6:09 pm #

    French names are either great or weird, and Lucien Galtier is a great name

    • Bill Lindeke
      Bill Lindeke March 19, 2015 at 11:43 am #

      My french name is Guy Forget (pronounced “gee four-jay”).

  4. David Markle
    David Markle March 21, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    If those others are weighed and found wanting let us hope that 1) we are invited to the feast, and 2) those others are led to improve, not led to be slain!

    More power to streets.mn, a worthwhile forum.

  5. Matty Lang
    Matty Lang March 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm #

    Well, Saint Paul is the most livable city in America.

  6. HazelStone March 25, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

    We really need you all to keep fighting and getting good projects in the ground. Here in Rochester, we look to the Twin Cities to prove that the good stuff is possible here, not just in Portland.

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