St. Paul, Minnesota has been on the receiving end of my plaudits for its general cleanliness, and nearly six days here hasn’t dampened much of the reason for such lavish praise.
This is based on first hand accounts on my long walks through the city, usually along Grand Avenue and neighborhood streets over the past six days. Yes, there is some trash (flattened plastic bottles and paper here and there) but the volume is relatively sparse vs. what I see elsewhere. (I write this while idling at the wonderful Minneapolis – St. Paul airport.)
This cleanliness owes to, I think, the innate good spirit of Minnesotans. There is apparent great pride in their state; it is largely progressive and forward-thinking and the environment seems of great importance to the people. Hence their relatively clean streets and sidewalks. There are recycle containers and bins on many street corners.
This is where I turn highly subjective. If I’d taken a bag with me as I do in Charlotte, my sense is it would have taken me far longer to fill it with litter than it takes at home. This is, admittedly, a mild knock on North Carolina. But I’ve been in both states for long stretches and have more than enough eyeball evidence to draw conclusions. The proof of the pudding will be when I reach home later today and take my obligatory walk. We will see if my conclusion – based on accumulated trash in my absence – of MN vs. NC is warranted.