In the four years that I have lived in the Twin Cities, I have come to appreciate just how different St. Paul is. In a state dominated by, in some ways, a monoculture, St. Paul is a true melting pot. Tied together by Catholic identity, it is home to a number of different cultures.
The capital city of Minnesota, St. Paul houses one of the country's most beautiful buildings, the Minnesota State Capital. Designed by St. Paul native and architect of the US Supreme Court, Cass Gilbert. It is home to a number of museums, beautiful riverfronts, attractions and amazing restaurants. It holds a number of distinct ethnic neighborhoods with Jewish delis, Italian markets, and Mexican bakeries just short distances away. More than anything else, St. Paul has a feel akin to many East Coast cities where it is a conglomeration of a number of different districts, haphazardly glued together. St. Paul may lack the glitz of Minneapolis, but it has a unique feel that is all its own.