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The 6 Biggest Misconceptions About the Midwest

I've recently traversed every city, town, landmark throughout the region and after hearing so many misguided cliches, must set the record straight.

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Ari J. Kaufman

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August 13, 2014 - 9:00 am
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6. Food is meat-and-potato style.

As I discussed in last month’s “10 Reasons Why Indianapolis Is the Best City in the Midwest,” you can enjoy food from around the world in any U.S. city these days. I’ve had, for example, spectacular Thai in St. Louis; Colombian in Minneapolis; Indian in Indianapolis; Lebanese-style in Lansing; Ethiopian feasts in Omaha; and more. People may know Chicago has those options, but clearly so do other locales. “Globalization” has rendered authentic international food once found only in places like New York, San Francisco and assorted college towns commonplace.

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Shhhh! Stop trying to out us. We like being some of the best hidden secrets in the US. We don't need those coastal blue-staters "discovering" us. I like it the way it is. :)
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The "cities downtrodden" myth likely comes from the fact that there are several rust belt cities in the Midwest (Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit, etc.) that suffered from the loss of industry, while those that were not large manufacturing hubs did not decline.
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The American Midwest is America's ballast.
17 weeks ago
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I have lived all over for the past 45 years, originally from Minneapolis, and now living in the most beautiful spot on the planet, Southern California,

I want to move back to Minnesota and live on the small farm I own there, the significant difference, everywhere you go is the people.
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I grew up in Southern California, lived most of the rest of my life (64 years in total) in Central California, and agree that it's beautiful.

We just moved to Central Minnesota, mostly because California is largely run by crazy people, with all that follows in their train.
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Even some rural areas have amazing diversity that many people don't realize. Going across the farm belt you can find not only WASP communities, but also communities settled by such diverse nations as Germans, Dutch, Danes, Swedes and Norwegians. It's a wonder that they all get along.
18 weeks ago
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Correct. And I certainly see that in Minnesota. They work hard and respect each other. No envy, no identity politics.
I prefer the rural areas and small towns, but gotta mention major cities for the masses to related.
18 weeks ago
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Everyone tells me to just say no to marriage - it ends up in paying child support and alimony. But then again I'm an introvert, back to my yoga studio across the street from work.

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Shhhh! Stop trying to out us. We like being some of the best hidden secrets in the US. We don't need those coastal blue-staters "discovering" us. I like it the way it is. :)
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Amen to that!
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I'd add that life goes on regardless of the sometimes interesting weather.
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The "cities downtrodden" myth likely comes from the fact that there are several rust belt cities in the Midwest (Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit, etc.) that suffered from the loss of industry, while those that were not large manufacturing hubs did not decline.
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They are also overwhelmingly Democrat controlled, and have been for a long, long time.

Of course, the destruction of our manufacturing base is owed to both Democrats and RINOs.

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Absolutely correct, but can't expect media and coastal folks to realize that, so they group everything together.
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