Creating an Extraordinary Downtown.
If your predominant view of Minneapolis is from 35,000 feet, it’s time you touched down. Downtown. Marketwatch voted us "Best Metro Area for Business." Twice. Only one U.S. region has more corporate headquarters per capita. And Forbes puts us at the top of its list for offering a terrific quality of life at an affordable price. But that’s what outsiders say. Ask a dyed-in-the-wool Minneapolitan what they think of their city, and they’ll tell you it’s sophisticated without being stuffy. It’s a city that smiles easily and laughs often. A city that embraces the future but cherishes its past. A city that embodies the Midwestern work ethic, but nonetheless knows how to keep things entertaining.
Downtown is home to 35,000 residents, and a work force of more than 160,000. And 2.5 million people live within a half hour drive. In 1967, we opened Nicollet Mall, the pedestrian commercial aorta that gives other cities a case of urban-envy. Today, 8 miles of skyways connect 80 city blocks. Venerable historic buildings mingle with modern works from architects like Frank Gehry. And the magnetism is powerful: 24/7, we’re a city that draws a crowd.
The Walker. The Weisman. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The stunning new Guthrie Theatre. Orchestra Hall. MacPhail Center for Music. The Orpheum. The State. Pantages. We’re a city that lives the arts. Only New York has more theatre seats per capita. We’re the third largest theatre market in the nation, and the third largest dance market. Whether you want to see a Broadway musical or classical works of art, Minneapolis is the ticket.
Prince isn’t the only act we’ve given birth to. We’ve got more than our share of local legends-from Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, to Bob Dylan, Garrison Keillor, and Joel and Ethan Coen. Head to First Avenue or the Fine Line to catch a rock act. Or hit the Dakota for some jazz. Men’s Health says we’re the nation’s smartest city. And it shows in the artists we produce and the players we patronize. Come downtown. You’re going to get an earful.