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« on: January 28, 2007 11:11:21 AM »

So after a FUNtastic 4 days in Minneapolis for NYE I'm seriously considering a move from the West Coast to Minneapolis - I thought the Minnesota board might have some interesting suggestions for places to work, areas to live and any other thoughts on relocating to the "San Francisco of the Midwest." (That's what I call MSP)  You can feel free to PM if you don't want to discuss things out loud. 
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2007 07:54:32 PM »

We relocated here from Chicago and LOVE it!

what line of work are you in now? would you be looking to buy a house or condo, or rent? There's a lot of great areas to live in, depending on what you are looking for/can afford...
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2007 01:10:37 AM »

Wow, you wanna move HERE from the west coast? Hee hee, that's the opposite of me!

There are all kinds of answers to your questions... I guess starting with where to live I would say that south Minneapolis is typically better regarded than North Minneapolis (however, my mom lives in a nice area of North, and Northeast is becoming "the new Uptown" very quickly). The general rule I guess with south Minneapolis is, the further west and south you go, the "better" the neighborhoods get.
Stevens Square is culturally AWESOME but some people don't like hanging out there at night.
Uptown has lots to see but there are lots of yuppies and flaky people starting to catch on that that is a cool area to live, so its getting more expensive, there is more development, more chain stores and condos going up.
Anywhere by a lake is expensive, but if you're coming from the west coast then it probably won't be a huge change. I live 1 1/2 blocks from Lake Harriet and I pay about a thousand dollars a month for a duplex.

There are tons of creative places to work, depending on what kind of job you are looking for. Target headquarters is downtown and everyone I know that went to design school (advertising or fashion) works or has worked there. There are boutiques, salons, coffee shops, art galleries, cool bars, restaurants, and club venues all over the place- the trick is actually getting hired. "Minnesota Nice" means you won't always get a straight answer on whether they are interested in you or not. Also, even though people in Minneapolis are pretty open-minded, the work atmosphere at most places is still quite midwestern and conservative unless you work at a bar, salon or tattoo shop.

Hope that helps!
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2007 01:47:14 AM »

Hello!
Nobody to tell how cold it is in Minnesota?
From Switzerland, I lived in StPaul for one school year as art teacher.
I rented a flat in a very nice area "Grand Ave".
The people are friendly, most have ancestors coming from Germany and Scandinavia. They invite you to go to church with them on sundays...
I had botanic drawing classes at Botanical garden. I made binding at MCBA. They have the Minneapolis textile center ( spinning, dyieng wool) where I dyied silk "Japanese style" with "bechamel". So crazy things to do we forgot from a long time here in Switzerland.
There are so many shops of materials for crafting (MIchael's, JoAnn, patchwork fabrics, woolshops, etc). So much good food (Farmer's market, restaurants : fish and good meat from Wisconsin). Delightful for me, french culture...
Fishing on the 10000 lakes. Drive to Duluth, ah! Bob Dylan.
Boating on the Mississipi. Shopping at Stillwater.
To work as teacher: good salary. To 3M, I don't know.
I'm in love with Minnesota!
Have a good day!
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2007 01:52:45 AM »

Hello!
Nobody to tell how cold it is in Minnesota?
From Switzerland, I lived in StPaul for one school year as art teacher.
I rented a flat in a very nice area "Grand Ave".
The people are friendly, most have ancestors coming from Germany and Scandinavia. They invite you to go to church with them on sundays...
I had botanic drawing classes at Botanical garden. I made binding at MCBA. They have the Minneapolis textile center ( spinning, dyieng wool) where I dyied silk "Japanese style" with "bechamel". So crazy things to do we forgot from a long time here in Switzerland.
There are so many shops of materials for crafting (MIchael's, JoAnn, patchwork fabrics, woolshops, etc). So much good food (Farmer's market, restaurants : fish and good meat from Wisconsin). Delightful for me, french culture...
Fishing on the 10000 lakes. Drive to Duluth, ah! Bob Dylan.
Boating on the Mississipi. Shopping at Stillwater.
To work as teacher: good salary. To 3M, I don't know.
I'm in love with Minnesota!
Have a good day!
Alak


Alake', good reply! I always forget how great St Paul is too... don't forget the State Fair too! I know every state has a state fair but ours is THE BEST.
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2007 03:08:00 AM »

Stevens Square is culturally AWESOME but some people don't like hanging out there at night.

I agree with that MK, I live in Stevens Square which rocks but I don't venture outside after midnight too often.  Another area that I like that was nice, reasonably inexpensive, and kinda close to downtown was in St. Louis Park on the more eastern, kinda close to Uptown area (right off of Hwy 100).  I normally am not a fan of burbs but it wasn't too bad.  And the Grand area of St. Paul is beautiful.

As for work, I just quit good old target (staying at home with new babe and trying to get business started) - it was good for what it was but they are pretty stiff there.  They do try to brainwash you, I had to be at new hire orientation every Monday and there is a song they play over and over and over about target being Fast, Fun, and Friendly.  Arrrggg, make it stop!!!

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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2007 06:52:27 AM »

I'm loving these tips/thoughts - I've heared about Minnesota Nice...Would my San Francisco Sass fit in?    I was just there yesterday (well at least at the airport - cold!!!)
I have a few friends that live in Uptown - we would hope to buy a house at some point, but finding a job first is the the plan.  Looking forward to more comments and I love St. Paul - think it's very quaint - I wouldn't mind working there, but most of my friends live in MSP so I think that's where I would set up "shop".
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2007 07:20:10 AM »

The divide between St Paul & Mpls cracks me up, but I live equally between the downtowns, in St Paul, and I get around both easily.

Best Buy HQ in Richfield is really nice for a corporate gig, but if you are looking for something crafty, maybe the local bead, fabric etc stores? There are lots of universities and colleges around. Also quite a few museums that may have interesting jobs available. Try the MIA, Walker, Science Museum, etc.

I think it's kind of difficult to make friends here but people are very polite and generally accepting. If you already have friends, are active in the gay scene, etc it might be easier! Alsthe winter is long and cold! But besides those downsides, it's a great place, the lifestyle is very good, economy is good, lots of culture, and you sound fun to hang out with. So get over here, already!  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2007 08:02:09 AM »

Minneapolis made #5 on Forbes list of the top 25 cleanest cities in thew world!
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« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2007 08:06:18 AM »

That's awesome! I love the generally healthy lifestyle and all the greenspace here.
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« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2007 10:11:18 AM »

I'll add that to my PRO side of the list.   
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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2007 11:53:49 AM »

I just bought a book called "60 Hikes within 60 miles of thetwin Cities" I am excited! I am trying to become more "outdoorsy"  Wink
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« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2007 08:37:06 AM »

Try the MPLS craigslist for an idea of what kinds of jobs are out there; that's how I got most of my previous jobs.  It really depends on what you're trying to do/what your qualifications are.  Jobs in the arts here are very competitive, but not impossible.

I just moved from Uptown to Cathedral Hill in St. Paul--I love it so much!  I got a job in St. Paul, and the drive home every night made me really crabby--so I moved. If you love Uptown, that's definitely where you should live; it's rather annoying to go there if you don't live there due to traffic and everything.  But when you live there it's great because you can walk or bike. 

Again, the craigslist here is great.  Welcome!
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« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2007 09:22:08 PM »

Well I don't live there yet, but I want to.
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« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2007 10:53:28 AM »

I myself just moved to St. Paul from Cincinnati, OH and I'm loving it, although I haven't found a job yet...
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« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2007 09:12:27 AM »

I still haven't made the move, although I love to visit when I can.   
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« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2007 09:16:05 AM »

doooooo iiiiiiit! We need to start a crafty commune before the snow sets in!  Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: September 25, 2007 11:50:04 AM »

Well, I'm "WORKING" the Twin Cities in late October.  I'm teaching at The Beadhive on Nicolette.

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I live about 30min from downtown, but I love that.  Makes me happy to be able to be in 'the fray' when I want, but out again when I don't.  Best of both worlds I like to think.  I should probably put a plug in for our apts here http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/apa/438891451.html just in case you're looking  Wink  They're a great price, built in '05.  If you are looking, stop in that week or so that you have class.

Alright.  Enough of that  Smiley  I can't help out much with the jobs area...the info you got in your post seems to be what I'd tell you.  Target/local shops/etc.  I'm sure when you come to teach you'll be able to make a few connections though.  If you've got any sort of funds stored up, opening up your own bead shop in one of the suburban areas would be a great idea.  I wonder if there's on in the Waconia area??  They tend to have more of those lake-town boutique shops.  One had just opened this year in our area...seems to be catching on more.  I think this lady also had scrapbooking items in her store, which may have helped with traffic...  Hope that gives you a few more ideas...  Undecided  I'm sure you'll fit in great- hope everything works out for you!
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« Reply #19 on: October 07, 2007 11:52:33 AM »

Thanks, I just love MSP, it would be a big move, so I try and get out there as much as possible.
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