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Loving me some St. Paul …

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. 

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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