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I moved to Minneapolis, MN from Dallas, TX, in January 2015. My experiences here have been overwhelming positive. Minneapolis is a "small big city", filled with excellent restaurants, shops and entertainment. I was most surprised by the amount of local live theater. In Texas, theater was inconvenient and expensive. Here, you can see a well-cast, well-performed play for the same price as a 3D movie! Minneapolis supports the arts. The Minneapolis Institute of Art, in particular, has free admission (though it accepts donations), rotating exhibitions, and paintings by Picasso, O'Keefe, and Van Gogh. I would highly recommend Minneapolis to the young artist on a budget. You will not be disappointed that you came here.
Minneapolis is a beautiful city, built around natural lakes, rivers, and streams. The political atmosphere of the city is established as liberal, although much of the city is fairly gentrified. Neighbors tend to keep to themselves, although all of us become kinder and more helpful in the cold winter, particularly willing to help out others when it snows. I live in the Linden Hills area, which is Southwest Minneapolis. The shopping and foodie scene in Minneapolis is pretty impressive if you're willing to do some research. I love the many consignment shops! I also appreciate having a city where I feel safe, and so do my non-white friends. The Minneapolis schools are excellent, considering that they're inner-city schools. While cost of living can be somewhat high, our economy is great enough to support it.
Minneapolis is a wonderful city with year-round festivities, celebrations and fun for all ages and interests. Rich in the arts, Minneapolis boasts several art museums, including a sprawling outdoor sculpture garden which is home to the famous Cherry and Spoon fountain. Another feature unique to Minneapolis is its elaborate skyway system. These 2nd floor glass walkways pass over the city streets, connecting almost all of the buildings in downtown Minneapolis. With hundreds of shops, restaurants and businesses connected to the skyway system, one can enjoy even the coldest of Minnesota days without ever setting a foot outside!