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On the other hand, there’s St. Paul …

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-.  

About Dave Bradley (259 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

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