The people of Minnesota are unfailingly polite. They are a good sort. It is their nature.
They’ll cheerily wave cars (me) into a waiting line of traffic. When they smile and say ‘hello’ to strangers (me) they seem to mean it. You can’t but smile in return.
And by all appearances the civic pride here in St. Paul extends to the cleanliness/neatness of their streets and avenues. This morning’s observation is based on a small sampling size: a 30 minute stroll along Goodrich, Fairview and Grand Avenues.
It is comparatively – compared to Monday’s walk through Chicago’s Ukrainian Village – clean and tidy. Sure, there are some things laying about but nowhere near the volume that was seen in the Windy City. I’ve walked through enough of St. Paul to know it is a clean and prideful town as a general rule. (I’m certain, though, it has its messier areas.) As the photos show, they value their resources and make recycling a priority and practice.
Minnesota gets a bad rap on its frigid winters and perhaps deservedly so but when it comes to Year-round cleanliness, these hardy folk earn an A-.