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What do Australians and New Zealanders think of Minneapolis?

Is it a well-known North American city, or is it more obscure, in the shadow of more prominent cities? Do Australians/New Zealanders hold the same stereotypes about Minneapolis as Americans do? Cold and barren six months of the year?

Is this a familiar skyline?



 

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It's a familiar skyline for those of us who frequent this site and have an interest but in terms of the whole population, less than 1% of people would pick it.

Everyone has heard of Minneapolis but the majority would know absolutely nothing about it.
 

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Im not from NZ/Aus, but i know Minneapolis, mainly from the film 'Fargo' which talks about it, esp when Steve Buscemi says about the IDS building.

That building with the crown (South Sixth or something) is very cool, and the stepped one, lit up in yellow at night (think its Wells Fargo).
 

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have heard of it but wouldnt know that skyline, and nah it doesnt have a reputation in Australia for anything :)
 

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rickster2k said:
Im not from NZ/Aus, but i know Minneapolis, mainly from the film 'Fargo' which talks about it, esp when Steve Buscemi says about the IDS building.

That building with the crown (South Sixth or something) is very cool, and the stepped one, lit up in yellow at night (think its Wells Fargo).
Wow, I was skimming through the Australia & NZ forum and came across this thread! Took me by surprise.

Yes, you're exactly right. The round building with the crown is 225 South Sixth, the stepped-back, Rockefeller Center-style building is the Wells Fargo Tower.

And good god, the movie "Fargo" is definitely one locals hate to be known for; the accents portrayed in the film are wildly exaggerated and absolutely absurd. Quite an unfair and mocking portrayal of the state of Minnesota and its people, I must say.
 

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All the Mighty Ducks movies are set there I think. Plus it's with St Paul its called the Twin Cities.
 

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All the Mighty Ducks movies are set there I think. Plus it's with St Paul its called the Twin Cities.
Yep, you're right! I love the Mighty Ducks films. I guess there's a 12-year-old inside all of us.

Minneapolis & Saint Paul together form the Twin Cities; their downtowns (or central business districts as you guys would call them) are only 13 kilometers apart, both straddling the Mississippi River.

Off topic, but out of curiosity, has anyone seen Muriel's Wedding? It's one of my favorite Australian films.
 

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And good god, the movie "Fargo" is definitely one locals hate to be known for; the accents portrayed in the film are wildly exaggerated and absolutely absurd. Quite an unfair and mocking portrayal of the state of Minnesota and its people, I must say.
Indeed! I'm originally from eastern North Dakota...
 

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Everyone seems to have heard of it, but the skyline is not that recognisable and really on skyscraper enthusiasts etc. would know info about the place.
 

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Basically it's probably all been said- people on a forum like this would know about Minneapolis more than anyone off the streets. My first knowledge of Minneapolis was that it was twin with the state capitol St Paul, then that it had the Mall of America, and I realised how big it was when I bought a Rand McNally North American road atlas when I was 14 or so. The skyline is cool, and it would probably take me a couple of guesses to pick it correctly.
 

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My mother used to live in Minneapolis in the late 70s (before I was born). It also happens to be where Prince comes from. *And* the company which I work for has its global HQ in Minneapolis as well. So I have more links to the place than I first thought :).

The skyline looks nice though ;)
 

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most ppl know the name Minneapolis, but thats where it ends. i only recognise the skyline due to this forum. the only link i have to Minneapolis is that my best friend moved there when i was 12.
 
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I have been to Minneapolis and I found it to be one of the nicest cities I visited whilst in the US. I loved how St Paul contrasted with modern Minneapolis. The parliament house and the cathedral were simply stunning. If I had to live in the US and if it wasn't for the very cold weather, Minneapolis would be the city I would choose. Also, for it's size Minneapolis probably has one of the best skylines in the US.
 

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I know the name, But i dont know the skyline.

I would say in confidence that most people would have heard of it (People who arent dense morons lol)
 

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I've heard of it and I knew there was a big arse mall there. After reading this thread I now realise I'm familar with 225 South Sixth I just didn't remember it was in Minneapolis. It's one of my favourite skyscrapers in the world. No wonder it's coming 2nd in the ROT 101-200 section.

ROT thread>http://skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=3244
 

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rickster2k said:
Im not from NZ/Aus, but i know Minneapolis, mainly from the film 'Fargo' which talks about it, esp when Steve Buscemi says about the IDS building.
"... Look at that. Twin Cities. IDS Building, the big glass one. Tallest skyscraper in the Midwest. After the Sears, uh, Chicago...You never been to Minneapolis?"

I only found out about Minneapolis when looking up buildings in the top 100 tallest list years ago.
 

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Oriolus, im the same.

I recognise the skyline once i see it (in these pics) but I couldnt have put it to Minneapolis off the top of my head.

And i dont hold the stereotype "Cold and barren 6 months of the year"
I dont even know where it is , within the USA.
 
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