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What do think Twib? Pretty sure you're the only Twin cities guy here. I need a change and have always liked the city. I'm a little worried about the winters, but my friends that live there tell me it's colder but a lot sunnier in the winter than Iowa. The grey sky is what gets me the most.
I reckon it's time for a change and need to get closer to the family with my parents entering their 70's.
You would finally be able to go to games at Kinnick, should have done this a long time ago IMO.
That would be big bonus.
It's my favorite city in the Midwest. Like I said, my folks are getting up there in age so I'd like to be closer. A short drive to Des Moines where they live and all my other family, a short drive to northern Minnesota where we have a family fishing cabin. I don't have any ties to where I am now and I've been here for 12 years. Just time for a new chapter.
Oh geez, where to begin brah....let me start typing something up.
Let's talk weather, since that is the biggest adjustment. Pretty similar to Iowa but a few degrees colder and much more snow in the winter. If you like snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross country skiing, hockey...etc. it's great! 3 winters ago, we got dumped on with snow and it didn't melt all winter. Two winters ago, we got about two snows and most of it melted right away, it was a very mild. This last winter hasn't been too bad but it's lasted too long.
Spring and fall, you really can't beat. Unless you think 50-70's is too cold. Then I don't think we would even be having this discussion. Summers are great but we can still get the 90's with humidity but it's only a few times a year.
Do you think you would live in the city, burbs, or out in the country a little more?
In the city. I'd be renting at first. I would prefer to rent a small house instead of an apartment, but I don't know much about the cost of living there and I'm not rolling around in money. I'll have a decent chunk from selling my house here, but I'll also need to make that last for a bit.
We have a lot of friends that live in the suburbs of the twin cities, too Perk some fine ass women too
Cincinnati is better IMHO
I believe the twin cities has the highest fortune 500 presence per capita in America. It's a very diverse and stable local economy with big presences of financial, IT, staffing, health, and retail busnisses. I'm sure I'm missing a few areas here but the point is it is a very stable and booming local economy especially for highly skilled workers. (My wife is more in tune with these things than I am, but I try and listen ) Housing got hit in 2008 like any other metro, but it wasn't as bad as Cali, FLA, AZ...etc. We've seen a big recovery the last two years and there's beginning to be a lack of supply which is quickly driving prices up. My buddy from AZ just move up here in December and I couldn't believe how far rent prices have gone up the two years since we bought our house.
Do you work for the mayor's office?
I dig Cincinnati, but that ain't gonna happen.
For Perk and JWolf
Yeah, I haven't even looked around at housing. A good friend of mine who lives there has some rental properties as a side business, so hopefully he has some ins to help me out.
Uptown is the place to be if you're 20-30's and love the social life. So many good restaurants, bars, entertainment in that area, plus you have a couple awesome lakes and great bike trails. It is quite pricey over there for housing as it is such an awesome location. South Minneapolis and even into St Paul will have more affordable housing and a cheap cab ride away from Uptown and Downtown. There are some really cool places in the Warehouse district and I believe the prices aren't bad. The Warehouse district is on the west side of downtown and right by a few awesome bars (The Loop - it's an official hawk bar and always packed for games, as well as a great places to meet the local Norwegian girls!) and Target Field and Target Center.
Sometimes it feels like it, the wife is quite the dictator.
This thread reminds me of this video
The music scene here is really amazing. We have an amazing public radio station called 89.3 The Current. They helped broadcast SXSW with a few other big public radio stations and bring in a ton of indie bands from big timers to up and comers. Also, the local music scene is really cool. There are some great hip hop guys (Atmosphere, P.O.S., Brother Ali) and a bunch of other genres I can't even keep up with. First Ave is a venue downtown owned by Prince and is absolutely legendary. It's a really unique venue and I'm not even sure the locals even realize how lucky they are. There are a bunch of other really cool venues that I can't even begin to list.
If you love camping, fishing, hunting, canoeing...etc all that outdoorsy stuff, it's really a great place to be. Any middle class family can afford to own a cabin up North. Even if you don't, the city is filled with lakes, and trails. Duluth and the North Shore are a few hours away and of course there are lakes everywhere.
The food is really good as well. There is a big Thai presence, which is awesome. And everything else in between. We love the hole in the walls but will occasionally indulge in a 4-5 star type place.
There are some great craft breweries here - Surly, Summit, and Fulton to name a few and bunch of micro's that seem to pop up every week. Great for beer lovers.
Twib, have you ever heard of or have seen the band Dillinger Four?
I don't know if they play many shows anymore, because the people in the band all have other gigs...the drummer is a psychologist, one of the singers owns the Triple Rock Social Club, one of the other guys plays in other bands and bartends i believe. i am not sure what the 4th guy does for sure....
I went up to see NOFX in december, and they were originally supposed to play with them before the show got postponed and rescheduled. i was bummed...seeing D4 playing with NOFX would've made an awesome show even more spectacular.
Minneapolis does have a great music scene
I don't know nearly as much about Minneapolis as Twib does, but I've spent a little time there, and I think it's a really cool city. I was only there in the summer, so the weather wasn't an issue, but definitely enjoyed it. Wouldn't be a bad landing spot at all.
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