BEST PUBLIC PARK (1998)
Okay, so Minneapolis has 170 parks to St. Paul's 150; so Minneapolis's park system was recently lauded by urban-planning demigod and Yale professor Alexander Garvin as "the best located, best financed, best maintained public open space in America." But they don't have gorillas over there, do they? They don't have palm trees under glass, Technicolor bulb shows, candlelight weddings, ultimate Frisbee, and the Hmong soccer tournament, do they? Do any of their parks have a lake, a pool, a Japanese garden complete with tea hours, a free concert series, an 18-hole golf course, and rides all within three minutes of each other? And where do you think Cafesjian's Carousel is finally moving this summer? Any more questions?