The Main Way Saint Paul and Minneapolis are Different: an Investigation

I am aware many Saint Paul people have a sense of and celebrate the fact their city is special in various ways. On the other hand, it seems to me most Minneapolis people acknowledge what their various places have to offer although they do not have an identity with their city, while at the same time seem unaware of what makes Saint Paul the city it is. Why? I don’t know.
Well, there is a difference, literally right at your feet – water shut-off valves.

Here is a typical Saint Paul water shut-off valve, as viewed in front of the Wine Thief Wine Shop on St. Clair Avenue near Fairview Street:

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Definitive evidence.

And here is a Minneapolis example:

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An open-and-shut case.

As you can see, Saint Paul is proud of its identity – even with how they identify their boulevard water shut-off valves. Minneapolis citizens, on the other hand, hold their main source of pride in their assumption they are better than Saint Paul.

About Robert Roscoe

“A camera teaches you how to see without a camera.” Dorothea Lange My professional experience includes over 36 years of architectural office experience, with the last 21 years as principal of Design For Preservation. My education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, and five years at the School of Architecture, University of Minnesota. I served 21 years on the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and I have written articles for Architecture Minnesota, a publication of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. I have given lectures on preservation architecture at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture and various public forums. Art photography is a main avocation for me, focusing on capturing images of abandoned parts of the built environment, and I have been featured in several art exhibitions. I have co-authored a book on County Catholic Churches and am the author of the book Milwaukee Avenue – Community Renewal in Minneapolis. Also, I am editor of the infrequently published Journal of American Rocket Science.