Originally Posted by Mark from Plano
I've not been to Providence or Des Moines, but have been to Minneapolis. It was certainly nice, but I wouldn't say that it was miles ahead of Ft. Worth on the "cool" scale. Besides, how would you know, the fucking place is blanketed in 25 feet of snow 360 days a year.
The actual street life on Nicollet and Hennepin Aves. is greater than downtown Ft. Worth, its Warehouse District alone is superior to downtown Ft. Worth in terms of eating and drinking, and its got some downtown cultural nodes (Orchestra Hall, new Guthrie Theater Complex, arguably Walker Art Museum) and sporting venues (new baseball stadium, old basketball arena) that are substantially more impressive than Bass, which is kind of a one off. Frankly, Minneapolis's downtown is ahead of Dallas's, Houston's or Ft. Worth's.
If The Ballpark at Arlington and the Ft. Worth museums were downtown, it would have the bones to compete, though I don't think it would have the sheer volume of "cool" people to compare. Minneapolis made tremendous strides in bringing residents to its downtown, which has made it more 24 hours.
That being said, Ft. Worth's downtown is nice and the city is certainly underrated. I think it's testimony to what good planning -- or more to the point one family pouring lots of money into it -- can do for a downtown. Most cities would be lucky to have such a nicely scaled and relatively healthy place, especially "second" cities in metro areas (e.g., Tacoma, Oakland, St. Paul, etc.)
If I were to make a similar snide comment about the climate, Ft. Worth can't have any streetlife because you'd pass out from heat stroke anytime between Easter and Thanksgiving. That, of course, is an overstatement. But Minnesota and Texas have similarly harsh climates. The difference is that you can't go outside in winter in Minnesota and can't go outside in Texas in summer.