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I think actually Southdale is a stronger node, in terms of jobs + housing, than the South Loop/MOA area.
Southdale isn't in Bloomington.
I think the point was that Southdale is actually the 3rd largest jobs/housing node in the Twin Cities, thus further diminishing Bloomington's status as a "city" versus just a suburb.Southdale isn't in Bloomington.
Bloomington has a lot of people, and a decent number of jobs, but almost all the jobs are on the 494 strip, which is split between Richfield, Edina, Eden Prairie and Bloomington, which contributes to not being immediately identifiable as one place.
Similar to the buildings along 394, spread amongst many cities, they both just feel like "businesses along highways outside Minneapolis" rather than a particular place.
I guess my point was just that MOA/MSP airport feel as much like the third prong to a Twin Cities triangle as anywhere.
Bloomington already gets named in the Census for our metro area, does it not? Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington. But I think that in the absence of some sense of place, it's hard to give a suburb like Bloomington the psychological distinction of being a "city." It's a large suburb with a substantial presence of office parks and a megamall.
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