Minneapolis-St. Paul slightly below average in bar density

Here’s a list in which Minneapols-St. Paul isn’t above-average — in fact, we hardly even rate. City Observatory calculated the number of bars per 10,000 workers in the 51 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas, and Minneapols-St. Paul-Bloomington lands on the lower end of the middle of the pack with 2.33 bars per 10,000 workers. Far more impressive are our neighbors to the east in Milwaukee-Waukesha-St. Alis, who come in 4th in the country with 6.65 bars per 10,000 workers.

City Observatory notes that the raw number of bars isn’t necessarily an indicator of quality, but adds:

Bars are just one way in which a city can make itself more livable for its residents. Livability is important—it attracts residents, and therefore tax payers, and helps to retain younger, talented workers.

We looked at City Observatory’s study of gentrification in the Twin Cities at the end of last year.

In other news…

David Carr’s death yesterday continues to evoke rememberances across the media. Slate talks about Carr’s first big story for the Twin Cities Reader. MinnPost contributor and friend of Carr David Brauer shared a number of stories and memories on Twitter. MinnPost’s own Brian Lambert also has a Carr tribute up.

A scary moment for students and parents alike: a school bus in Aitkin county was out of control for 14 minutes after the driver suffered from a health issue. [MPR’s NewsCut]

General Mills is getting hit with an age discrimination suit. Regarding a 2012 layoff, attorney Stephen Snyder says, “Of those terminated … 83.5 percent were age 40 or more.” [Star Tribune]

A touching story from south of the border: “Dog walks nearly 20 blocks to see owner in hospital” [USA Today]

City Pages had a Valentines-timed report up yesterday about Hell’s Kitchen offshoot Angel Food making voodoo-doll themed doughnuts. Unsurprisingly, that news raised the ire of the founder of ubiquitous gourmet doughnut chain Voodoo Doughnut’s Cat Daddy: “ ‘They’re stealing my copyright,’ he says. ‘I can’t stop somebody from making a donut that looks like something, but you’re pretending to be Voodoo Doughnut when I’m Voodoo Doughnut.’ ” Some good might come out of the situation, though: “They’ve scouted out Minneapolis before, and Cat Daddy says he might accelerate his undead troops to face off with local competition following this incident.”

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