Growing up in the 218 area code the entire Twin Cities Metro area is typically shortened to “the cities”. And I’m not certain how many of us knew that was supposed to mean Minneapolis and St. Paul. It may have been Maple Grove, Anoka, or Burnsville. Anything with a mall that wasn’t St. Cloud or Duluth fits into the obscure area of “the cities”.
Because I have family in Edina (yes, Every Day I Need Attention). I had a little better sense of direction, but it was more because Johnny went to St. Paul Children’s Hospital, and Minneapolis had the Metronome.
Now I’ve lived in St. Paul for over 2 years. I can discuss the different neighborhoods within Minneapolis if I want, but I definitely don’t know everything about “the cities”. And I still am happiest “up north”.
BUT! Yesterday I was able to get lunch with a friend at Spitz in NorthEast, and I will be going there a few more times even if parking sucks, because it was delicious!
How specific are you about areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul? Do you put the metro in one big lump, or get super neighborhood specific?