Minneapolis and St. Paul to Set Aside Differences…for now

Minneapolis and St. Paul will join forces to shed the name “Twin Cities,” and adopt the name “Minneapolis-St. Paul,” setting on the shelf a longstanding rivalry between which city kicks more a$$. Realizing that, to outsiders, both cities have a reputation for being lame, even though it’s totally not true. Just ask Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak:

“This is one of the most exciting metro areas in the country, but we don’t get the word out well enough because we don’t work together,” Rybak said in an interview. “It’s time to get over all that old-school rivalry between the cities.”

Research by Meet Minneapolis shows that out-of-towners view the Twin Cities, er, I mean Minneapolis-St. Paul as a flyover. And Twin Cities residents, ugh, I mean Minneapolis-St. Paul residents already view the two cities as one.

5 Comments so far

  1. Erica M (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

    I think “Minneapolis-St. Paul” reinforces the notion of two cities more than “Twin Cities” does. I’ve never thought of it as anything other than one destination/metro area, but maybe it’s because I’m not from here.

    Anyone that’s unfamiliar with the area is not going to become more familiar by hearing “Minneapolis-St. Paul” instead of “Twin Cities.” But I do agree that the two cities ought to coordinate their marketing efforts.

    And I just put “Metroblogging Twin Cities” on the back of my MB t-shirt.

  2. Jim H (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 12:06 am

    I think a larger change is in order. Just like the cities of Buda and Pest merged to become Budapest, we should merge our two cities and form one new name. I nominate Minnepaul. Or St. Polis.

  3. strange (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 11:56 am

    let’s just combine all the state’s cities: minneapauluthchester.

  4. Jim H (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

    I like it. It would be a name to haunt school children across America.

  5. JasonT (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 9:36 am

    It sounds like they’re going after a Dallas-Fort Worth kind of identity.

    And as for TC residents thinking of the two cities as one? Riiiiight. Maybe if you live in the suburbs.

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