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New York Times tells America: Be more like the Twin Cities

It's because of our extensive public parks system.

Yes, it's another one of those "national media says Minnesota is the best" articles.

The media in question this time round is the New York Times, which is lauding Minneapolis-St. Paul for its public park system.

In the piece published Monday, "The Secret to Good Health May Be a Walk in the Park," writer Jane Brody points out how the Twin Cities has the best access to public parks and recreation areas out of any major metro in the country.

The Twin Cities regularly place at or near the top of national rankings for public parks, owing to the studies that have found 96 percent of people living in Minneapolis and 98 percent in St. Paul live within a 10-minute walk of a park.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, for example, has responsibility for 6,809 acres of parkland and water set across 180 parks, 55 miles of parkways, 102 miles comprising the Grand Rounds biking and walk paths, 22 lakes, 12 gardens, seven golf courses and 49 recreation centers.

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St. Paul meanwhile has 179 parks, more than 100 miles of trails, two outdoor aquatic facilities, a public beach, several municipal golf courses and various sports facilities.

Now Brody isn't the most impartial of writers. She notes that she got her start in journalism in Minneapolis, working there for two years in the '60s before heading to New York to join the Times.

But then again, we can't disagree with her claim that: "Minneapolis was then, and still is, a slice of heaven for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors."

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