MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Twin Cities has just been named the third greenest place in the nation.

Travel and Leisure Magazine did the rankings and pointed out that there are 46 miles of city bikeways and 84 miles of off-street paths between Minneapolis and St. Paul.

It also mentioned the Red Stag Supper Club, which was the first restaurant in the country illuminated entirely by LED lights, and the bike-to-work-all-year cycling community.

Portland, Ore., was named the greenest city in America. Savannah, Ga., came in second.

Comments (10)
  1. Common says:

    Great, a sprawling urban sprawl named a green space…. Whats next, the International airport named a national park?

    1. Southsider says:

      Yep. It’s the world we live in. Are you new? Go find something else to criticize troll. It must really suck having such a miserable life.

    2. Southsider says:

      Reading comprehension is key. GREENEST! As in environmentally responsible. Apparently we need to work on literacy in the Twin Cities.

      1. SirGareth says:

        Its not the words that confound, but the real meaning – What they mean to say is the Twin Cities is now the third most RED metro area in the nation.

        This means government and its control, its level of taxation, and its interference with the individual who seeks to live his own life is in the third greatest peril. My last year in Minnesota I paid $11,500 in state income taxes, $3,000 in property taxes with a 7.5% sales tax.

        Now I pay about 250 in income taxes $1800 for a home worth at least twice as much and 6.5% sales tax.

        So the question of who gets the GREEN in Minnesota has been settled; The giga-government does.

        Our lakes are cleaner, our landscape is greener and we get to keep most of our cash. Of course I live where government unions would be held to be insane.

  2. Really? says:

    Savannah Georgia? Who would’ve thought?

    1. Poor College Guy says:

      I think a lot of it has to deal with the Savannah College of Art and Design – lots of bikes and green design courses. The layout of the city in the historic district also has a ton of park squares along with Forsyth Park (which is huge). However when I was there, I didn’t see any bike lanes – it’s kind of a free for all if you want to cross the street.

  3. The Analyst. says:

    To me “Green” means stupid.

    Like ethanol which uses more energy to produce than is produced and causes more pollution than fossil fuels.

    Or fluorescent light bulbs which are mercury laden ground water polluters.

    Or cash for klunkers which took perfectly useable vehicles off the road which then had to be replaced needlessly which of course wastes energy and consumes more resources.

    So, I wouldn’t be bragging about being a “Green” city.

  4. Not Exactly says:

    I have to say, your comments are an example of short-term thinking.

    The much greater energy used by (mercury-free) incandescent light bulbs causes power plants to release far more mercury into the environment than the minuscule amount contained in CFL bulbs plus their energy consumption. Further, any store that sells CFL bulbs is required by law to take old ones back for recycling, so it’s very easy to get rid of them properly so that no mercury gets into groundwater.

    Cash For Clunkers got mainly less energy efficient vehicles off the roads in exchange for newer, more efficient ones. In the short-term, a little more energy is used in recycling the older vehicles and producing the newer ones, but in the long-run, less energy is used.

    Your comment on the ethanol production was pretty close. Using corn is only about break-even energy-wise. If we used sugar cane like Brazil, it’d instead be a net gain by far. In other words, we’re using the wrong base material.

    1. Not Exactly says:

      This was in response to “The Analyst”, incidentally. Forgot to hit the Reply link.

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